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From Rasmus Lerdorf <>
Subject [PATCH] Re: Module install steps
Date Sun, 26 Oct 1997 16:22:39 GMT
> However I'm not sure whether you could eliminate this stage. One thing I
> though of (while designing this stuff) was to create another directory,
> say modules/autoadd, which contained modules which _always_ got added to
> the configuration, without needing an AddModule. The core module could go
> in there, and it could be used by third-party module authors to eliminate
> the AddModule adding step. A big README file in the directory would
> explain that users can remove modules by moving them to another directory
> (say modules/extra). One possible problem with this is module ordering -
> the core module needs to come before all others, while third-party modules
> would come at the end. This could be done by an extra line in the .module
> or CONFIG_START/END sections.

That would suit my purposes fine.

> > The second hand-edit might be eliminated by having a .module directive
> > that adds something to the internal mime type table.  We already have a
> > bunch of magic internal mime types.
> This I'm not so sure about. Most people will have already installed Apache
> bfore they merge in PHP (I guess), so any edits you make to
> conf/mime.types wouldn't get into the live server anyway. People also
> might want to only enable PHP parsing in certain virtual hosts or
> <Directory> sections, so it is best if they chose where to put the
> AddType. 

True.  This one is much trickier.  The one thing that might help ease the
number of support emails I get on this is if a commented out example
AddType for PHP3 was part of the Apache1.3 distribution.  You wouldn't
believe how many people mistype those long mime-type lines.

Would anybody object to the following patch?  I don't want to give any
special treatment to PHP3 here, so if there are other common AddType lines
out there, let's add them here as well.  People are less likely to screw
up if they just have to uncomment a line.

*** srm.conf-dist       1997/08/19 23:00:23     1.16
--- srm.conf-dist       1997/10/26 16:19:02
*** 149,154 ****
--- 149,159 ----
  # make certain files to be certain types.
  # Format: AddType type/subtype ext1
+ # For example, the PHP3 module (not part of the Apache distribution)
+ # will typically use:
+ #AddType application/x-httpd-php3 .phtml
+ #AddType application/x-httpd-php3-source .phps
  # AddHandler allows you to map certain file extensions to "handlers",
  # actions unrelated to filetype. These can be either built into the
  # or added with the Action command (see below)


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