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
A large number of patches have been made to the 1.3.9 code
over the last couple of weeks in preparation for a 1.3.10
release in the future. There is no release date set for
1.3.10 but it is unlikely to be until the new year.
There are a number of problems with Apache on EBCDIC based
platforms. These include problems with regular expression
testing of character ranges, encoding problems for URL's in
directory listings, and problems with byte ranges failing
(which particularly affects the Adobe Acrobat reader).
OS/2 updates have been made to give the name of the DLL
when dynamic loading fails and to pass on some useful
environment variables to CGI scripts.
There are problems with the build environment of Apache
including failures in APACI when a platform isn't
the stripping of trailing slashes from directory names (PR#5291),
the correction to a previous patch to locate "awk" (PR#5304),
and portability fixes for SunOS (PR#5230).
The variable name "template" was used in an Apache header
file causing problems with C++ compilers on SunOS4. PR#5363.
The new support for quad integers was creating incorrect
The original digest authentication module,
mod_auth_digest did not check correctly that
the random device was being opened. PR#5292
Shared Library support on HPUX was broken. Although a fix
had been committed to Apache 1.3.6 it was lost in Apache
Apache does not compile on OpenStep due to the addition of
an undefined type. PR#4906
The Perl dbmmanage script appears to run successfully even
if it fails to open the DBM file. PR#4973
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.
A number of small feature additions have been made which will
appear in Apache 1.3.10 when it is released.
The demonstration script printenv, used to
display all environment variables passed to a CGI program,
has been updated.
Support for Berkeley-DB/3 has been added to the
A new option, FoldersFirst, has been added to
the IndexOptions directive. This causes
subdirectories to always appear before other files in a
FancyIndexed directory listing.
A new option, DescriptionWidth, has been added
to the IndexOptions directive. This allows the
default width given for descriptions in a FancyIndexed
directory listing to be changed.
The second official Apache conference, ApacheCon 2000, takes
place March 8th-10th 2000 in Orlando, Florida. Apache Week is
a sponsor of ApacheCon 2000 and will keep you updated on
conference news between now and March.
You can now register on-line for ApacheCon 2000 using a
credit card and a secure web browser. By registering for the
conference early, ApacheCon are offering a discount of US$225
off the full conference price.
The Industry Standard rates Apache as a top 10 Internet
Company in their article
10 companies that will make the Web grow. It is
encouraging to see Apache rated amongst well known companies
including Apple, IBM, and Intel especially as the list
contains no other open source companies. They also comment on
Apache's recent inroads into e-commerce, its increasingly
wide-spread acceptance in the enterprise, and the gain of a
mysterious 22 "employees".
New editions of the two popular server surveys were released
this week. The Netcraft
survey shows Apache gaining market share again, with the
total share for Apache-based servers just under 60%. A
similar survey from E-Soft gives similar
results, with Apache-based servers at 55% for standard HTTP
sites, but at a staggering 79% for secure sites.
Recent Apache Week stories have focussed on a number of
Microsoft sites that use Apache instead of IIS. These include
the Hotmail service and the Microsoft Networks' homepage
service. Ironically, this week we have to report the reverse
after finding that the secure online registration form for
is running Microsoft IIS 4. But there is a good excuse;
registration is being handled by an outside agency.