The first ever Apache conference was held in October 1998 in
San Francisco. In 2000 there were two other highly successful
conferences in Orlando and England. Earlier this month
ApacheCon stormed Santa Clara. Now it's back to Europe for
the second conference in 2001.
It has been announced that the next ApacheCon Europe will be
held in Dublin, Ireland on the 15-17 October 2001. The
conference follows hot on the heels of ApacheCon in London
last October and the recent ApacheCon in Santa Clara, during
which the Apache Web Server beta 2.0 was launched. The
location for this ApacheCon couldn't be better, being set in
Ireland's largest hotel just minutes away from the lively
city centre, and with it's own night club and Irish Cabaret.
Make a date in your diary, and stay tuned to Apache Week for
more information about the event. We'll be there to cover
ApacheCon as well as to drink our way through the Guinness.
As mentioned briefly last
week, the threaded MPM on Apache 2.0 was suffering
problems at server shutdown time. In Apache 1.3, signals are
used to tell child processes to shut down. This is changed in
the threaded MPM in Apache 2.0, where a pipe between threads
is used, dubbed the "pipe of death". A related problem
emerged that the CGI daemon process (another new feature of
Apache 2.0) was not being killed properly at shutdown or
restart. Fixes have now been committed for both of these
The decision on whether to include mod_proxy in the Apache
2.0 tree generated a large amount of discussion, which
evolved into the more general question of when an Apache
module should be included in the server distribution (like
mod_rewrite, for instance), and when it is best to distribute
it separately (like mod_perl, PHP, and so on). No clear
consensus appeared for mod_proxy.
Another controversial issue also arose: the status of SSL
support for Apache 2.0. The minimal SSL module
mod_tls, which was committed to the Apache 2.0
in February, has remained largely untouched since then.
Meanwhile Ralf Engelschall said at ApacheCon that he had
started porting mod_ssl to Apache 2.0.
In this section we highlight some of the articles on the web
that are of interest to Apache users.
tests Apache 2.0.16 Beta and provides a brief review
about its features and shortcomings.
If you prefer to build Apache from source manually, you may
be interested to refer to Apacompile
which basically is a set of instructions and examples for
compiling Apache and other common modules such as
mod_ssl, mod_auth_ldap and
mod_php. There are still some configuration
samples yet to be completed.
Woody Stanford looks at communications between a PHP Web
server hosted on a UNIX system and a local Windows machine in
Communication (IPC) Using PHP". This tutorial is for PHP
experts with a knowledge of networking theory.