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Re: (forw) [ardo@debian.org: proposal for an Apache (web server) task force]

> From: Ardo van Rangelrooij <ardo@debian.org>
> To: Johnie Ingram <johnie@debian.org>, debian-devel@lists.debian.org
> Subject: proposal for an Apache (web server) task force
> Hi,
> I would like to propose to form an Apache (web server) task force to maintain the
> Apache packages currently maintained by Johnie Ingram (netgod) (and potentially
> related packages if the need arises).  The current state of Apache and the recent
> need to fix at least some of the outstanding bugs led me to the conclusion a more
> active maintenance of these packages is needed.  The intend of this proposal is
> not to simply take over the packages (although it might come to that), but to help
> in the maintenance of them.

Yes, the bug list is huge. I'm not subscribed to -devel, but this thread
was mentioned on IRC and thus forwarded to me.

> As the first step I propose to add an Uploaders field to the package (once we have 
> a list of people).
> Some of the other things this task force would do are
>  - writing up guidelines for packaging Apache modules (a kind of policy doc)
>  - migration to Apache 2 (IIRC an ITP for this has already been filed by somebody)

"What is 'not on a cold day in hell'?" ;)

Thom May (thom@d.o) and myself are maintaining apache2. If you want to
email anything related, apache2@packages.debian.org is the address; that
goes to both of us. Currently it's not in Debian because Thom's laptop
has blown up. He did very extensive hacking on said laptop (which was
really cool), and it's back in the UK (irony, since he's a Pom
backpacker here in .au) getting fixed. There were no backups or
anything, so I'm just waiting from some stuff from Thom's tree.

In the meantime, I've toyed with modperl-2.0 and php4 for apache2. I got
a successful install of php4 after an apache2 install, but I need to do
silly build and apache2 voodoo to get it integrated. I'm currently
working on it, but I don't exactly have a lot of time.

The current place for my packages is
http://kabuki.sfarc.net/apache2/README. Note that this is strictly
non-US due to modules/ssl and modules/tls in the apache2 source. These
packages don't include mod_perl2 and php4; if you want you can grab them
from CVS and attempt to build.
> I also propose to set up a mailing list for this.

Feel free, but apache2 is nowhere near ready for prime-time. Hell, they
haven't even agreed on a release that should be a beta candidate since
2.0.18, which was ... a long time ago. I'd give it probably more than a
year before I even thought about letting it loose in production.

I also got bored a while ago, and discovered that 2.0.24 builds cleanly
(and works) on Progeny.

:) d
(CC all replies to me as I'm not on -devel).

Daniel Stone						    <daniel@sfarc.net>
<jem> I got Linux for Christmas... but it don't work... I'm taking it back
      to the shops
<jem> I got Debian from Dad, RedHat from Mum, and slackware from my
      brother... he's no brother of mine no more

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