A new version of the stable Apache 1.2 series has been
released, after a period of testing. The Apache 1.2 series
consists of bug and security fixes for Apache 1.2 itself.
Users of any 1.2 versions should update to 1.2.6. The 1.2
series will continue to be maintained until Apache 1.3 comes
out of beta testing.
Apache Site: www.apache.org
Release: 1.2.6 (Released 24th March 1998)
Beta: 1.3b5 (Released 19th February 1998)
Apache 1.2.6 is the current stable release. Users of Apache
1.2.5 and earlier should upgrade to this version since it
fixes a number of bugs and potential security problems.
The bugs listed below now 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 and will be fixed in the
next beta (1.3b6)
Child processes created by Apache modules inherit the
"listening" sockets, if the server has been HUP or USR1'ed
in the past. PR#2000.
The proxy module refused to serve requests which included
the sequence %2F in the URL.
The proxy module incorrectly handles requests with no path
supposed to default to "off", but it did not.
Patches for bugs in Apache 1.2.6 may be made available in the
apply_to_1.2.6 subdirectory of the patches
directory on the Apache site (this directory may not exist if
no patches are available). Some new features and other
unofficial patches are available in the 1.2
patches directory (these may not apply cleanly to 1.2.6).
For details of all previously reported bugs, see the Apache
bugs pages. Many common configuration questions are
answered in the Apache FAQ.
Development has slowed down to prepare for the release of
Apache 1.3. During the beta release cycle Apache is in a
"feature freeze" where no major new features will be added.
Some of the messages logged to the error log will contain
more information, as from the next beta release. For example,
the error message which currently says "getpwuid: couldn't
determine user name from uid" will now identify the UID which
cannot be found, and suggest that the User directive may need altering.
The German-language publication Linux Magazin
contains a performance comparison between Apache and Roxen (the article is not
available online). The tests involved up to 192 clients
concurrently requesting pages. They measured the
responsiveness of the server, and the "load average" of the
host server system. Apache answered requests between two and
three times as fast as Roxen. However they noticed that with
Apache the system's load average was considerably higher:
with 192 clients, the Roxen system had a load of 0.9, while
Apache's system had a load of 47. It also had a few timeouts
at the highest hit-rate and had some "zombie" processes. The
article summarised that Roxen was much better in high load
situations than Apache. This may not be a valid conclusion.
Firstly, a server which has lower performance will not make
as much use of resources; secondly, the "load average" is a
very poor measure of server performance, and thirdly, some
zombie processes would be seen temporarily at high loads,
especially with only 64Mb of memory.
Apache is listed as an example of free software in a TechWeb
Software's Quiet Influence. Unfortunately the story
concentrates on "GPL" licensed software, and does not make it
clear that many important free software packages - such as
Apache - are not subject to the GPL.