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Bug#366843: apache postinstall script insists of (quietly) setting ServerName (to localhost)

Package: apache
Version: 1.3.33-6sarge1
Severity: grave

When upgrading apache (or dpkg-reconfiguring it), ServerName directive
is set to some value (defaults to `localhost').  Before upgrade the
configuration was perfectly valid, with ServerName taken from hostname
apache is running on.  After upgrades, ServerName is set to invalid

Usually I keep local modifications in another file (httpd.conf.local) -
stuff like MinSpareServers, mod_proxy configs (if any) etc - it's easy
to overwrite those even if set in the default httpd.conf.  But I can't
"unset" ServerName which is being forcedly set in httpd.conf.

There's some words about "black magic" in
/usr/share/apache/postinst.common wrt setting ServerName.  I probably
can just remove the text postinst.common searches for, to avoid this
issue, but.. that required me about an hour to figure it all out!.. ;)

Why the ServerName is being set in the first place, anyway?  Setting it
quietly is bad (hence Severity set to "grave" - it silently brokes valid
configuration), but why to set it at all?


-- System Information:
Debian Release: 3.1
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing'), (50, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.16-i686
Locale: LANG=ru_RU.KOI8-R, LC_CTYPE=ru_RU.KOI8-R (charmap=KOI8-R)

Versions of packages apache depends on:
ii  apache-common             1.3.33-6sarge1 support files for all Apache webse
ii  debconf               Debian configuration management sy
ii  dpkg                      1.10.28        Package maintenance system for Deb
ii  libc6                     2.3.2.ds1-22   GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii  libdb4.2                  4.2.52-18      Berkeley v4.2 Database Libraries [
ii  libexpat1                 1.95.8-3       XML parsing C library - runtime li
ii  libmagic1                 4.12-1         File type determination library us
ii  logrotate                 3.7-5          Log rotation utility
ii  mime-support              3.28-1         MIME files 'mime.types' & 'mailcap
ii  perl                      5.8.4-8sarge4  Larry Wall's Practical Extraction 

-- debconf information excluded

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