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From Rob Hartill <>
Subject Re: WWW Form Bug Report: "Similar domain names cause problems" on OSF/1
Date Thu, 21 Nov 1996 17:42:13 GMT

thanks for the information.

rob wrote:
>Operating system: OSF/1, version: 
>Version of Apache Used: 1.1.1
>Extra Modules used: 
>URL exhibiting problem:,,
>This is in regard to a bug report I submitted a
>while back concerning similar domain names
>(beginning with 'niagara') causing problems for
>Apache's virtual hosting.  I finally had some
>time to do some further investigating and would
>like to provide you with the new information:
>I noted that 7 seems to be a magic string length
>number in the http_protocol (and probably others) 
>module(s).  As you will note, 'niagara' is 7
>characters long.  The reverse DNS entries I 
>added seem to have it move to the 
>'This part is a little trickier' section.  If
>a longer buffer would be a problem then an
>error message in the log would be nice if the
>reverse DNS wasn't there. :)  Quite a few of our
>clients use long domain names containing the
>local region.
>You can still access objects beneath the document
>root, such as CGIs, but the 'SERVER_NAME' 
>environment variable is blank.  As always the
>reverse DNS also corrects this problem.
>I just thought you might be interested in the
>above.  Thank you.

Rob Hartill.       Internet Movie Database Ltd.  

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