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
These bugs have been found in 1.3.3 and will be fixed in the
Apache ported to Cyberguard V2 port. PR#3336.
The Apache -S option
shows the virtual host configuration, but unlike the
-t option it then
continued and ran Apache. This has now been changed to exit
after displaying the configuration.
In a log format, the %v and %p log options log the
information from the request, rather than the official
The proxy module was not allowing the (valid) syntax
The directives UseCanonicalName and ContentDigest are now allowed in
.htaccess files if the Options option is in effect,
rather than the AuthConfig option.
In a directory index, the SuppressColumnSorting option
could be overridden by specifying the sort option on the
URL query string.
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.
A check has been added so that when Apache loads a file with
LoadModule it can
ensure that it really is an Apache module.
The negotiation module, mod_negotiation, has been extensively
updated. It is now compliant with the latest draft of the
HTTP/1.1 specification (rev 06). Changes for this include the
use of language tags with more than two components, correct
processing of empty Accept-* request headers, proper
handling of identity
encodings, and support for qualify values (q values) on
Support has also been added for the Transparent Content
Negotiation (TCN) standards (RFC2295 and RFC2296), although
currently these are not fully implemented.
Other changes are part of this overhaul are that non-text
media types (i.e. types other than text/* are treated has having no
character set, variants are sorted into order before being
processed rather than relying on the arbitrary order that
they are read from the directory, and various inefficiences
and unneccessary use of memory have been removed.
A new directive has been added to specify a default sort
column for FancyIndex
directory indexes. The new directive is IndexOrderDefault, and is following
by two arguments which control the sort order: the first
argument is either Ascending or Descending, and the second is one
of Name, Date, Size or Description. These give the sort
column and the order of the sort. When used with the
index option this gives the sort order and does not allow the
client to change it.
The Windows makefile distributed with Apache only worked on
Windows NT systems. Two new makefiles have been added for use
on Windows 95: Makefile_win32.txt generates a
release build, and Makefile_win32_debug.txt generates
a debug build.
Two new features have been added to mod_rewrite. The first
allows for case insensitive rewriting in RewriteRule. This avoids the need
for ugly syntaxes such as [pP][aA][tT][hH]. Secondly two new
internal map functions have been added: escape and unescape convert to and from
%-encoded forms on URLs.
Many configuration files have the same directives repeated
multiple times. For example, the same set of directives might
need to be included in multiple virtual hosts, or the same
set of deny and allow rules might be used in multiple
directory containers. One way of avoiding repeating
directives is to pre-process the configuration files (for
example, using m4 or perl). However there is now a module
available which implements simple macros in the Apache
is a third party module, available under the GPL license.
When added to Apache it adds a new <Macro>...</Macro> container for
defining macros and a Use directive to use a macro.
For example, the following configuration would create a macro
implementing a set of access restrictions:
deny from all
allow from .apacheweek.com
AuthName "Local Users Only"
This can then be used multiple times, for example:
Macro definitions can also include arguments.
NewMedia reports on the increasing acceptance of open source
in business, in
Set Your Code Free.