Apache Site: www.apache.org
Release: 1.3.6 (Released 25th March 1999)
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
These bugs have been found in 1.3.6 and will be fixed in the
A minor memory leak would occur each time Apache was
restarted because the module counts were not being handled
Apache will now flush its output immediately after sending
an error message or redirect response. This will enable
clients to quickly abort the connection if they wish.
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.
In July, Apache Week mentioned that a new
version of the digest authentication module was being
developed. Digest authentication uses a MD5 hash mechanism to
provide more security for passwords when sent over unsecured
HTTP connections. This new module, called
mod_auth_digest, will be included in the next
release of Apache but marked as experimental. The old module,
mod_digest will still be included even though it
is not compatible with most browsers.
There's only one week left until the Apache Conference
at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, August 21-24, in
Monterey, California. The two days each of tutorials and
conference are a chance for Apache developers, site
administrators, and technical managers involved in running
Web sites to learn about the latest in Apache development and
gain skills to optimise Apache's power and versatility.
Sessions have a practical focus, with real-world examples and
Tutorials feature beginners' and advanced workshops in JServ,
PHP, and mod_perl, as well as sessions on security and SSL.
Participants can choose between conferences in two concurrent
Track I: Managing Apache offers sessions on such management
issues as load balance, using mod_perl to automate and
customise Apache, and using Apache in an international
Track II: Extending Apache covers tools such as the
Comanche GUI, WebDAV, the Locomotive, and FastCGI, using
Embperl and DBIx::Recordset for database content of Web
sites, and component-based applications.
Registration at the O'Reilly Apache Conference gives full
access to concurrent conferences in Linux, Perl, Python,
sendmail, and Tcl/Tk. Participants can stay within the Apache
conference or attend the presentations that benefit them the
most from the other conferences.
Guy Kawasaki and Bill Joy will be keynote speakers, and such
Open Source luminaries as Larry Wall and Eric Raymond will
also give talks. Evening events provide further opportunities
for exchanging ideas across disciplines and networking with
other Open Source developers. And of course there'll be beer
Program chair for the Apache Conference is Doug MacEachern,
lead developer of the mod_perl Apache module, software
engineer at Critical Path, and coauthor of "Writing Apache
Modules with Perl and C". Apache presenters include core PHP
developer Rasmus Lerdorf, core Apache developer Ken Coar, and
Perl experts Andreas Koenig and Mark-Jason Dominus.