In this issue
Apache 1.3.3 has been released today. This version is a minor
upgrade to Apache 1.3.2, but fixes one quite important
problem. Users of Apache 1.3.2 should upgrade to 1.3.3.
The important problem in 1.3.2 is that various error
responses, such as "404 Not Found" will display the full path
to the missing file. Other problems fixed include the
spelling module which in 1.3.2 does not return the list of
possible matches when more than one file is similar to the
requested URL, and a problem where missing .htaccess files could result in a
This latest version also fixes some problems on Windows.
These include the bug which caused CGI child processes to
become unkillable "zombies" in some circumstances, and the
bug which printed the warning at startup about overwriting
the PID file.
The Apache Week Guide to
1.3.3 lists all the changes between Apache 1.2 and the
Apache 1.3.X series.
Apache Site: www.apache.org
Release: 1.3.3 (Released 9th October 1998)
Apache 1.3.3 is the current stable release. Users of Apache
1.2.6 and earlier should look at upgrading to this version.
Read Guide to
1.3.3 for information about changes between 1.2 and
Most bugs listed below include a link to the entry in the
Apache bug database where the problem is being tracked. These
entries are called "PR"s (Problem Reports). Some bugs do not
correspond to problem reports if they are found by
These bugs have been found in 1.3.2 and are fixed in 1.3.3
Because of the major differences between Windows and Unix,
these are separated into bugs which affect Windows systems
only, and other bugs (which may affect Windows as well). Unix
users can ignore the bugs listed in the Windows section.
Apache on Windows did not delete the httpd.pid file when exiting, so
the next time it started it would warn about this file
being overwritten. In addition, it would output this
warning when run with the -i, -u or -S options. PR#3053.
Patches for bugs in Apache 1.3.3 will be made available in
the apply_to_1.3.3 subdirectory of the patches
directory on the Apache site. Some new features and other
unofficial patches are available in the 1.3
patches directory. For details of all previously reported
bugs, see the Apache bug
database and known
bugs pages. Many common configuration questions are
answered in the Apache FAQ.
Stopping Apache on Windows 95
On Windows 95, Apache runs as a "console application". This
means that it starts in a DOS window. In the current release
the only way to stop Apache running is to press Control-C in
the console window. This terminates any transactions in
progress, and exits without giving Apache or its modules any
chance to cleanup. From version 1.3.3, Apache can be stopped
by opening another DOS window and typing
apache -k shutdown
This does a "graceful" shutdown, where Apache allows any
transactions currently in process to continue to completion,
before exiting. In addition, doing
apache -k restart
performs are "graceful" restart, where Apache re-reads the
configuration files while allowing transactions in progress
Add support for new HTTP status codes
Support has been added for new response codes defined by the
latest versions of various HTTP related specifications. The
codes added are for
HTTP/1.1 rev 5 (307, 416, 417);
Extensions for Distributed Authoring on the World Wide Web --
WEBDAV (102, 207, 422, 423); and
HTTP Extension Framework (510). Each of these codes can
now be used by Apache modules, and Apache will return an
appropriate error response body.
Also the way that Apache handles the "100 Continue" response
header has been updated to be consistent with HTTP/1.1 rev 5,
which adds a new request header, Expect: 100-continue.
ApacheCon '98 starts next Wednesday. Apache Week will be
there, and technology permitting next Friday's issue will be
a short special report from the conference.
There is still time to register for the conference. The
special rate of $995 now applies to all advance registrations
until Monday 12th. To see the agenda or register, visit http://www.apachecon.com/.
You will also be able to register at the venue, at the full
price of $1295.
Apache is in the first ServerWatch
Hall of Fame, which lists the most popular servers
accessed via the ServerWatch site.