Apache Site: www.apache.org
Release: 1.3.9 (Released 20th August 1999)
Apache 1.3.9 is the current stable release. Users of Apache
1.3.6 and earlier on Unix systems should upgrade to this
version. Users of Apache on Windows can now upgrade to Apache
1.3.9 avoiding the previous problems with Apache 1.3.6. Read
to 1.3.9 for information about changes between 1.3.6 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 1.3.9 and will be fixed in the
next release. 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.
A faulty comparison was being made in the ISAPI module
causing problems when Apache was compiled with the Borland
C compiler. PR#4333,
Each time a wildcard handler is invoked, a warning is
written to the error_log file. PR#2584,
Apache is missing various exports needed to allow mod_perl
to compile under AIX
Some broken compilers cannot deal with the
register type in combination with long
long when compiling Apache.
If an error ocurred compiling in the
src/support directory, Apache would continue
A number of fixes for the TPF platform have been made
Patches for bugs in Apache 1.3.9 will be made available in
the apply_to_1.3.9 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.
The HTML page displayed by default when Apache is installed
has been translated into a selection of other languages.
Currently Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, French, German,
Greek, Italian, Portugese, Luxembourgeois, Spanish and
Swedish translations have been submitted.
Even from version 1.1.1, Apache has been able to serve
different language versions of a document transparently to a
user based on browser preferences. Over the years the
standards for language negotiation were fixed (being
specified in the HTTP/1.1 protocol), and more browsers
started supporting the standard. Most modern browsers now
allow the user to select and prioritise the languages they
can read and hence let the server decide which language
version of a page to send. This powerful feature of Apache is
often overlooked, and the addition to the standard
distribution of the translated initial page will show how
easy it is to configure and use. Some more background to content
negotiation is available in an Apache Week feature from
Most common browsers allow the user to select the languages
they prefer. Browsers should also let the user prioritise the
languages for when the server has a number of matches.
Although recent versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer
correctly allow the prioritisation of langauges, others such
as Netscape Communicator do not. For these browsers apache
has a LanguagePriority setting to let the server
administrator decide which languages will be sent if there
are multiple matches.
By default, Apache writes log files in the Common Log Format
(CLF). This format logs the request sent to the web server,
rather than the details of the actual resource that was sent.
If you wish to keep a track of which language was sent with
each request you should use a custom log format and either
add a field to give the actual filename that was sent, or
alternatively log the contents of the "Accept-Language"
header sent from the browser.