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Subject [Bug 53704] New: True online configuration is needed - via LDAP?
Date Mon, 13 Aug 2012 04:37:07 GMT

          Priority: P2
            Bug ID: 53704
           Summary: True online configuration is needed - via LDAP?
          Severity: normal
    Classification: Unclassified
          Hardware: PC
            Status: NEW
           Version: 2.5-HEAD
         Component: Runtime Config
           Product: Apache httpd-2

In the spirit of mod_vhost_ldap, and contrary to another bug report that
requests a GUI, I am wondering whether any thought has been given to being able
to maintain the entire HTTPD configuration in an LDAP directory, much as
OpenLDAP allows its own configuration to be held inside the directory, to
override the present forest of .conf and .htaccess files when so configured.

This has lots of advantages:

1. The pre-existence of many LDAP browsers means that the GUI problem is solved
at a stroke.

2. Appropriate LDAP object and attribute schema classes would be defined for
HTTPD configuration. That automatically provides automatic restriction of what
can be specified where, and also automatic attribute-value syntax checking.
Both would speed things up for web-admins considerably.

3. It becomes possible to view the entire configuration as a tree, a view which
you can presently only get to a limited extend via the server-info handler.

4. As per OpenLDAP, configuration changes could take effect immediately rather
than after a graceful or graceless restart. This is the part that would require
the most re-engineering.

I'm not at all familiar with the internals of Apache so I can't comment on the
general feasibility of this suggestion.

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