Re: ALPHA release of apache-1.0.0-1 now available
'Michael Alan Dorman wrote:'
>On Sun, 17 Dec 1995, Chris Fearnley wrote:
>> This is a preliminary release. It seems to work, but I'm disatisfied
>> with my handling of httpd configuration (basically there is none - you
>> have to edit /etc/httpd/* by hand).
>Hmm. That's what kept me from releasing mine.
>Maybe we can decide what constitutes a resonable set of things to do at
I like the idea of asking a set of questions in the postinst
(similarly to cern-httpd). There are too many options to simply
impose on the user some default configuration. Now, that I've got it
compiled, I'm reading the User Guide! I plan to design some
specifications for the /usr/sbin/httpdconfig script (when I can code
it is another story, indeed).
>* Should we create a new user and/or group to control access to the
>hierarchy of html files? If so, why don't we make it "official" and get
>Bruce to include in the base /etc/group and /etc/passwd files.
User nobody and group nogroup is either already in there or is it set
up by some other package? I suppose user wwwadmin might be better?
>* Where should we put the html hierarchy? I mean, they could exist on
>/usr, since it doesn't per se matter if they're read-only or not, but it
>that "right"? A lot of places use /home/html or some such---I personally
>don't think this is appropriate, but someone please tell me I'm wrong.
/usr/lib/apache is my choice for serverroot. Where the documents go
is site-specific. I'd like to also include an option to chroot httpd
to /usr/local/http or somesuch. Can dpkg install a package under some
arbitrary directory? If so then the preinst script might be able to get
everything into /usr/local/http and run httpd under chroot (for the
>There are others, obviously.
>We might also want to coordinate with Ted Hajek who maintains the cern httpd.
I looked at his work and stole many ideas from it. Thanks Ted.
>Also, you might want to rename the package to apache-httpd and the
>related directories and files, or you need to conflict with cern-httpd.
apache-httpd provides httpd (as does cern-httpd) so dpkg won't install
one until the other is removed.
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