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Release: 1.3.2 (Released 23rd September
Apache 1.3.2 is the current stable release. Users of Apache
1.2.6 and earlier should look at upgrading to this version.
Read Guide to
1.3.2 for information about changes between 1.2 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
These bugs have been found in 1.3.2 and will be fixed in the
Because of the major differences between Windows and Unix,
these are separated into bugs which affect Windows systems
only, and other bugs (which may affect Windows as well). Unix
users can ignore the bugs listed in the Windows section.
CGI child processes may not be killed if the client aborts
the connection. This is because the child process has some
file handles open which it inherited from the server. PR#2884,
Paths such as D:/
were being converted to D: which is the current directory
on the given drive rather that the root directory. PR#3001.
Drive letters also cause problems in sub-requests. PR#3074.
files could sometimes be mistaken for errors, resulting in
a "403 Forbidden" response.
Directories in an auto-index directory list are shown as
having a size of "0k" instead of "-". PR#3130.
Using TABS to separate arguments to the require directive causes errors
because only spaces are allowed between arguments. Fixed to
allow any whitespace characters between arguments.
environment variable was not being set correctly in
sub-requests such as CGI's called from SSI's or in
Does not link on SCO 3.0. PR#3108.
Patches for bugs in Apache 1.3.2 will be made available in
the apply_to_1.3.2 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.
The mod_speling module can be used to correct small typos in
URLs. It works by looking on the file system for similar
directory and filenames. Sometimes there is more than one
close filename, so it returns a "300 Multiple Choice" error
message which contains links to the matching files (this does
not actually work in Apache 1.3.2, but works in previous
versions and will be fixed in the next release).
New in the next release will be that the list of possible
matching files will be stored in an environment variable.
This will allow ErrorDocument CGI programs to
display the list of matches in customised formats. The list
will be passed in the environment variable VARIANTS (actually REDIRECT_VARIANTS because the error
document is an internal redirect). See also PR#2859.
In all current releases, using IndexOptions will set the named
options, overriding any options already set in higher-level
sections. From the next release, it will be possible to use
the same syntax as Options to turn individual options
on and off. For example,
IndexOptions -IconsAreLinks +SuppressSize
will remove the IconsAreLinks option (if it is currently in
force) and set the SuppressSize option. Note that like
Options, using an
option without a leading + or - will turn off all current
options. For example
will cause the FancyIndexing option to be the only option
directive in Apache 1.3.2 can be used to set the amount of
information appended to pages generated by the server. From
the next release, this text will also be passed to CGI
programs and SSI pages in the SERVER_SIGNATURE environment
variable. This will let dynamic pages output consistent
All the paths and filenames in the default configuration
files (httpd.conf etc)
have been surrounded by quotes from the next release. This is
required for paths which contain spaces, which are valid on
Unix, although not very common. However Mac paths often
contain spaces, and the same configuration files are used on
Mac OS X. The default configuration files for Windows already
contain quotes around pathnames.
Apache has been ported to DRS 6000, and will now recognise
There is now only just over a week until the first ever
conference dedicated to Apache. There is still time to
register (although now at the higher rate). To see the agenda
or register, visit http://www.apachecon.com/.