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From Ben Laurie <>
Subject Re: Names
Date Thu, 11 Dec 1997 17:36:55 GMT
Alexei Kosut wrote:
> On Thu, 11 Dec 1997, Ben Laurie wrote:
> > The executable under Win32 is called "apache". Under Unix, it is called
> > "httpd". Why?
> Because on Unix, we've got years (4 - which is a lot in Interent years)
> worth of legacy to contend with. People are used to it being called
> httpd, so it is.

ln -s apache httpd


> On Windows, we get a fresh start. We can call it by our real name. Also,
> the word "daemon" doesn't have much meaning under Windows.

The snag is that it is going to be a pain in documentation - everywhere
you mention httpd, you have to say "or apache.exe if you are on

> Heck... this list is called new-httpd. If we renamed the binary, we'd
> have to call the list apache-dev or something else that wouldn't make
> hardly any sense




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