Apache Week
   
   Issue 168, 6th August 1999:  

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Apache Status

Apache Site: www.apache.org
Release: 1.3.6 (Released 25th March 1999) (local download sites)
Beta: None

Apache 1.3.6 is the current stable release. Users of Apache 1.3.4 and earlier on Unix systems should upgrade to this version. Read the Guide to 1.3.6 for information about changes between 1.3.4 and 1.3.6 and between 1.2 and 1.3.6.

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 developers.

Bugs in 1.3.6

These bugs have been found in 1.3.6 and will be fixed in the next release.

  • ASCII/EBCDIC conversions were not handled correctly for ident requests. This affects TPF and BS2000 platforms
  • Some warnings are given when compiling on various Macintosh platforms.
  • The mod_rewrite directives RewriteLock, RewriteMap do not work correctly with virtual hosts. PR#3874
  • IP addresses with specified netmasks (such as 192.168.2.4/24) were not correctly handled by mod_acess. PR#4770

Under Development

Patches for bugs in Apache 1.3.6 will be made available in the apply_to_1.3.6 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.

Netscape Style Passwords Supported

Netscape web servers use a different password encoding scheme to Apache. This means that if you move password protection from a Netscape server to an Apache-based one, you will have to re-issue all existing users' new passwords. From the next release, Apache will support Netscape style encrypted passwords allowing easy migration.

Simple Log File Rotation

A small third-party utility has been written to allow log files to be quickly split and processed. The utility creates a new log file for each day with the date as the extension. When a new log file is created the old one is post-processed, allowing it to be compressed or moved to another location, for example. The utility, logbox, is currently available from ftp://ftp.lemuria.org/pub/Code/logbox.tar.gz

Support for Tandem Computers machines

The next release of Apache will compile and run on Tandem Computers machines.


Next Apache Release

A new release of the version 1.3 Apache web server is currently being worked on. The new release will fix a number of the problems and bugs that we've mentioned over the past few months as well as adding a few small new features and some improved platform support. It was originally anticipated that the new version, 1.3.7, would be released this week but last minute testing found an additional problem. Because of this, 1.3.7 was not publically released and the next public version is likely to be 1.3.8. We will have a full round-up of the new release in Apache Week shortly after it becomes available.


Apache in the News

Dr. Dobbs Journal reports on The Negotiator. The story looks at one of the Apache Group members who was instrumental in IBM's involvement in Apache as well as the recent move by Sun to release Java pages code to the the Apache Foundation.


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