Apache 1.3.14 Released Page 2

Support for a directory-based configuration system. If any of the configuration directives point to directories instead of files, all files in that directory (and in subdirectories) will be also parsed as configuration files
  • Support name-based virtual hosting without needing to specify an IP address in the Apache configuration file. This enables sites that use dynamic IP addresses to support name-based virtual hosting as well as allowing identical machines to share a configuration file, say in a load-balanced cluster
  • The SetEnvIf and BrowserMatch range of directives are now able to be used in .htaccess files.
  • Administrators who are nervous about their full server version details being public can use the new keyword 'ProductOnly' in the ServerTokens directive. This keyword forces the server to only return the string "Apache" as the server version.
  • The new digest authentication module, mod_auth_digest has had a number of fixes and upgrades applied Selected new features that relate to windows platforms:
    • The project files have been converted to work with Microsoft Visual C 6.0
    • The DBM package "sdbm" is now bundled with Apache
    • Windows 95 and 98 can now benefit from an emulation of the NT services, including install and uninstall options. The Apache server therefore can start when the OS loads and will not stop if the current user logs off for example
    • A comprehensive review of the Windows documentation has been performed.
    • Preparations for allowing Apache to be built using the free Borland bcc 5.5 compiler
    Selected new features relating to other platforms:
    • Support for the new FreeBSD accept filters feature. This feature postpones the requirement for a child process to handle a new connection until a HTTP request has arrived, therefore increasing the number of connections that a given number of child processes can handle
    • A number of alterations for the MPE platform including fixing error reporting, updating the DSO code to be compatible with a recent OS patch, refining user and group management, and initial support for the proxy module
    • The default serialised accept has been changed for AIX 4.3 to provide a substantial performance improvement on multiple CPU machines serving large numbers of concurrent clients
    • DSO support added for BS2000 and OS/390 USS platforms
    • A directory layout for Solaris 8 has been added to the configuration system
    • The proxy module mod_proxy has been patched so that it can be built on BeOS 4.5.2
    • Updated configuration script to allow building on IBM's IA-64 version of AIX

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  • This article was originally published on Oct 13, 2000
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