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From Jim Jagielski <>
Subject Re: [2.0] proposed vhost config rewrite
Date Wed, 11 Jun 1997 01:48:43 GMT
Well.... One could almost say the some sort of GUI Apache
Configuration tool would be a neat 3rd party tool, but wonder
if we should focus on it. After all, you could do a lot with
server-side scripts and some web-pages...

I don't think anyone disagrees that the more complex the config
file (and let's be clear, the RUNTIME config file) is, the uglier
it's gonna be and the less people will want to muck around with
it. is pretty powerful, but it's also a royal pain
in the buttocks. If Apache goes down that route, we're headed
for trouble. It's for that reason that I asked Marc about the
config declaration for the listen queue...IMO nothing should be
in there unless there's a _real_ good reason because it's
way to easy to have a runtime config file get way fat way fast.

Brian Behlendorf wrote:
> On Tue, 10 Jun 1997, Dean Gaudet wrote:
> > I am really concerned that this totally generic language is going to
> > become one of our worst mistakes ever.  
> I have to agree with Dean, for the reasons he stated.
> In my opinion, we have to come up with a configuration file which is
> easy to parse and edit using GUI tools, tools which themselves
> are understandable and intuitive for "non-Unix-gurus".  An example:
> it is intuitive for admins to think of servers based on ServerName
> *first*, IP number(s) and port(s) second.  A configuration interface
> where the primary way of configuring multiple servers is to select
> from a menu of server names is thus the right way to go.  However,
> if the underlying configuration file format allows for attributes
> of servers to be set in multiple places, it will be more difficult
> to write this configuration tool.  It might also be good to support
> "profiles" for sites, i.e. a configuration which can be reapplied to a
> number of different servers.  Which suggests some sort of macro
> ability would be good.
> Just some thoughts.
> 	Brian
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      Jim Jagielski            |       jaguNET Access Services           |
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