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From Dean Gaudet <>
Subject Re: [Feature Suggestion] Config includes
Date Wed, 05 Mar 1997 03:04:06 GMT
But you have to restart the server to take in a new config... do your CGIs
restart the server?


On Tue, 4 Mar 1997, Jason Clary wrote:

> > 
> > My comments on this last time it came up can be summed up:  use m4.  Right
> > now you have to restart the server anyhow to pull in the new config, so
> > why not just make your restart script do a remake first.  But anyhow as
> > long as it's a straight text include, and we stop there, and we don't add
> > macros and other funky crap it's fine with me as an add-on, but it
> > shouldn't make 1.2.
> > 
> > Dean
> > 
> Yea, I didn't want macros or other "funky crap" ;)
> But, with the new unified config it becomes especialy important
> to chunk it into bits for easy management.. Especialy if you are
> running 20 or more virtual hosts per server..  this gets even worse
> if you add SSL on top (doubles your host entries).
> Hmm, I never did like m4 much, and I prefer, for reliability, to
> call external apps as infrequently as possible.  In the case
> of a CGI, it would have to spawn off a background process and
> waste CPU cycles processing m4 stuff when it could just as
> easily be done in httpd with much less overhead.
> Someone else asked about the .htaccess stuff, buf of course
> its difficult (or impossible) to do a lot of things in .htacces,
> and some things you want to have a global effect.
> My objective is a better access control system for my customers.
> With one little admin page they can track all their users and
> groups and domains and which dirs are in which domains etc.
> They don't especialy want to learn .htaccess file formats.
> They are users, not programmers.  And I'm trying to get everything
> working on one set of password files for each web stored in
> a default known secure location so the dolts who think they know
> what they are doing wont screw it up.. ;)

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