Apache 2.0.32 beta is available

By Jeremy Reed (Send Email)
Posted Feb 19, 2002


Apache 2.0.32 Released as Beta

The Apache HTTP Server Project is proud to announce the thirty-second release of Apache 2.0. The Apache HTTP Server Project has determined that this release is of beta quality. This makes 2.0.32 the third public beta of Apache 2.0. This release has been tested thoroughly and has been running the apache.org web site since Feb. 7, 2002.

Design and implementation of Apache 2.0 is nearing completion. Module authors are encouraged to review the Apache 2.0 API and share any concerns with the Apache development team at dev@httpd.apache.org. This is your best opportunity to ensure that your issues are addressed prior to an Apache 2.0 General Availability release. The Apache HTTP Server Project is proud to announce the thirty-second release of Apache 2.0. The Apache HTTP Server Project has determined that this release is of beta quality. This makes 2.0.32 the third public beta of Apache 2.0. This release has been tested thoroughly and has been running the apache.org web site since Feb. 7, 2002.

While Apache is continuously undergoing improvement, major new features are now being deferred into the 2.1 version in order to expedite a General Availability release. If you have postponed testing Apache 2.0 due to its experimental nature, please download and test this Apache 2.0.32 release to help ensure that any forthcoming 2.0 releases are the best versions available.

Apache 2.0 offers numerous enhancements, improvements and performance boosts over the 1.3 codebase. The most visible and noteworthy addition is the ability to run Apache in a hybrid thread/process mode on any platform that supports both threads and processes. This has been shown to improve the scalability of the Apache HTTPD server significantly on some versions of Unix in our testing. Apache 2.0 also includes support for filtered I/O. This allows modules to modify the output of other modules before it is sent to the client. Finally, we have included support for IPv6 on any platform that supports IPv6.

This version of Apache is known to work on many versions of Unix, BeOS, OS/2, and Windows. Because of many of the advancements in Apache 2.0, this release of Apache is expected to perform equally well on all supported platforms.

There are new snapshots of the Apache httpd source available every six hours from http://cvs.apache.org/snapshots/httpd-2.0/ - please download and test if you feel brave. We don't guarantee anything except that it will take up disk space, but if you have the time and skills, please give it a spin on your platforms.

Apache has been the most popular web server on the Internet since April of 1996. The January 2002 WWW server site survey by Netcraft (http://www.netcraft.com/survey/) found that more web servers were using Apache than any other software running on more than 56% of the Internet web servers.

You may download this release from an apache.org mirror listed at http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi or you may download it from the apache.org web site at: http://www.apache.org/dist/httpd/.

For more information, please check out http://httpd.apache.org/.

Changes since the last public release

There have been over 100 major changes and many more minor changes since the Apache 2.0.28 beta release. These include numerous performance and functional enhancements, as well as bug fixes. For a list of the major changes, please see http://www.apache.org/dist/httpd/CHANGES_2.0

Known issues with this release

  • When using LogLevel debug, you may see spurious log entries reporting failures in read_request_line() or get_mime_headers(). This is usually a harmless error. You may ignore this message or increase your LogLevel setting. A proper patch for this problem has already been committed to CVS and will be included in the next release. The patch is available at:
    http://cvs.apache.org/viewcvs.cgi/httpd-2.0/server/protocol.c.diff?r1=1. 83&r2=1.84
  • When using the SSLMutex directive with an invalid path, children may segfault without an error message. A patch for this problem has already been committed to CVS and will be included in the next release. The patch is available at:

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