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.
Some text editors on Windows (and OS/2) add end-of-file
markers to the end of files they create. Apache does not
ignore these characters if found in configuration files,
causing 'Invalid command' errors.
The spelling correction module, mod_speling
does not correctly encode the replacement URI, leading to
bad URL's being returned.
The new digest authentication module,
mod_auth_digest.c has a number of problems.
Random data was not being obtained correctly on FreeBSD,
URI's were not correctly escaped in the Authorization
header, and domain attributes were being sent on Proxy
authentication requests. PR#4967
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.
As well as using the standard CLF, Apache is able to log
requests in custom formats. In order to give more control
over the custom logging, new logging variables have been
added. %m now logs the request method used (such
as "GET" or "POST") and %H logs the request
protocol (such as "HTTP/1.1").
Apache is the "Best Web Server" according to the first ever
World Editors' Choice Awards. They complimented Apache
for being fast and stable, and noted that it enjoys "special
popularity on Linux".
The award was presented during the Linux World conference,
from where Apache member Brian Behlendorf
gave an interview about the organisation, other open
source projects, and the future of Apache.
A new secure server survey has been released by E-Soft this month
[free registration required]. Stronghold is shown to
have the highest market share at over 36% followed by other
Apache SSL variants with just under 30%. As Stronghold is
based on Apache, this gives a combined total for Apache-based
servers of over 66%, the next highest being Microsoft with
under 20% market share.
This survey shows significantly different results to the SSL
survey from Netcraft
reported in Apache Week issue
#172. Netcraft show Microsoft to have the secure servers.
These differences could be due to a sampling effect, as
Netcraft surveys ten times more sites, or in the different
way the surveys deal with sites which do not have valid third