Amiga Apache 1.3B3 Web Server Released
The Amiga Apache http server project is happy to announce the new
1.3b3 release of the professional Apache webserver. It is available
for download at: http://www.xs4all.nl/~albertv/apache/index.html
The Amiga Apache webserver is a port of the professional Apache webserver,
used by more than 40% of all servers on the Internet. Amiga Apache is
compatible with the original Unix Apache and uses the same configuration
files and uses the same options.
The Amiga Apache webserver is enhanced with the ability to execute AREXX
scripts (allthough it has no Arexx port of its own). This means that
Amiga programs can interface with the server for in- and output. For example,
it is possible and easy to connect a database program with Arexx support
to Apache with the help of AREXX scripts.
The Amiga Apache http server project is runned by Jeff Shepherd who has
made the port, Bert Vortman, maintainer of the Amiga Apache binary & source
distribution, the homepage and the documentation and Brett Burridge who
maintains the FAQ, Thorsten Hiddessen, Robert Ramiega, Eirik Synnes,
Hans de Groot and Per-Olof Yliniemi who are running a mirror site and
There are 2 mailinglists available: apache-users for contact between
Amiga apache users and apache-l for betatesters. Send a mail to:
with the message:
The mailinglists are running on an Amiga that is NOT connected 24h a day
so expect some delay. The mailinglists are runned by the majordomo
Bert Vortman, maintainer of the Apache Homepage.
Here is a selection of a list of new features that Amiga Apache supports:
(more info at the Amiga Apache homepage (http://www.dsdelft.nl/~apache/).
Amiga Apache HTTP Server Version 1.3
Selection of new features.
- Optional «Spelling Correction» module added to distribution
This optional module corrects frequently occurring spelling errors in
document names requested from the server. This includes the correction
of miscapitalized requests (as was available in a separately available
mod_speling module as of Apache 1.1 already) but extends spelling
correction to single inserted, omitted, transposed or mistyped
characters. This catches the majority of mistyped requests. To make use
of this module, it must be enabled in the server's Configuration file,
and the CheckSpelling directive must be set to on.
- Enhanced Conditional Setting of Environment Variables
The BrowserMatch* directives of Apache 1.2 have been joined by some more
powerful brethren: SetEnvIf and SetEnvIfNoCase. These allow you to set
environment variables for server and CGI use based upon all sorts of
attributes of the request.
- Better Logging for Proxy Connect Errors
In Apache 1.2 and earlier, when the proxy had difficulty connecting to a
system it would log the error but no details. It now includes the IP
address and port to which it couldn't connect.
- Enhanced SSI String Comparisons
The string-based server-side include (SSI) flow-control directives
provided by mod_include now include comparison for less-than (<),
less-than-or-equal (<=), greater-than (>), and greater-than-or-equal
(>=). Previously comparisons could only be made for equality or
- Sortable Directory Listings
If a directory listing is displayed using FancyIndexing, clicking on a
column title will now sort the listing in order by the values in that
column. Selecting the column repeatedly will toggle between ascending
and descending order. This feature can be disabled with the
SuppressColumnSorting IndexOptions keyword.
- New "Magic" MIME-typing module
A new module, the optional mod_mime_magic, has been added. It uses
"magic numbers" and other hints from a file's contents to figure out
what the contents are. It then uses this information to set the file's
media type, if it cannot be determined by the file's extension.
- Support for Directory Icon Sizing
The mod_autoindex module provides listings of directory contents when
appropriate. If the FancyIndexing option is enabled, each file in the
list is preceded by an icon representing the content type. In earlier
versions of Apache, the HTML IMG tags for these icons weren't sized, so
the browser had to wait until the images were loaded before it could lay
out the page. With 1.3, the IndexOptions directive has two new keywords
which allow you to control whether pre-sized IMG tags are used. This can
substantially speed up the display of large directory listings.
- NoProxy and ProxyDomain directives added to proxy, useful for intranets.
- AddModuleInfo directive added to mod_info
Allows additional information to be listed along with a specified
- Include directive
The Include directive includes other config files immediately at that
point in parsing.
- Improved HTTP/1.1-style Virtual Hosts
The new NameVirtualHost directive is used to list IP address:port pairs
on which HTTP/1.1-style virtual hosting occurs. This is vhosting based
on the Host: header from the client. Previously this address was
implicitly the same as the "main address" of the machine, and this
caused no end of problems for users, and was not powerful enough. Please
see the Apache Virtual Host documentation for further details on
- Year-2000 Improvements
The default timefmt string used by mod_include has been modified to
display the year using four digits rather than the two-digit format used
previously. The mod_autoindex module has also been modified to display
years using four digits in FancyIndexed directory listings.
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