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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 50436] New: VirtualHost could behave like people expect it to
Date Wed, 08 Dec 2010 21:43:36 GMT

           Summary: VirtualHost could behave like people expect it to
           Product: Apache httpd-2
           Version: 2.3-HEAD
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P2
         Component: Core

>From my support experience on #httpd, people do not understand quite well how
name based virtualhosting works.

Most people who haven't read the doc carefully just configure their
virtualhosts as follows :

  # no servername

  # no servername

The enhancement I would like to suggest : just let apache works when a config
is set like above. Ie : if VirtualHost is given fqdn as argument(s), and no
ServerName is explicitely set, why not just accept VirtualHost argument(s) as
ServerName (and ServerAliases) ?

I can tell that people not reading much (or not reading at all) the
documentation will finally have vhosts working at first attempt.

Of course, does not mean that the sane way to go (use IPs or * for VirtualHost,
set a ServerName) should not remain supported...

My 2 cents,


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