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From Rodent of Unusual Size <Ken.C...@Golux.Com>
Subject Re: [PATCH] Server version OS/2 console banner fix
Date Fri, 08 May 1998 18:04:07 GMT
Jim Jagielski wrote:
> 
> Marc Slemko wrote:
> >
> > Why not just leave SERVER_SUBVERSION the way it was before (different
> > implementation, same semantics) and let pepole use it if they really need
> > to change something?
> 
> We could... In fact, I submitted a "patch" that allowed for that.

That would give three levels of access to modifying the string:

 o ap_add_version_component - allows modules to announce their presence
   as part of the server
 o SERVER_SUBVERSION - allows builders of binaries to make appropriate
   remarks about their work
 o AddVersionComponent - allows the Webmaster actually running the
   server to add comments about what they've done

Rather a nice model, since none of the above can blow away any of the
others without someone hacking the source.  None of these will affect
the basic SERVER_BASEVERSION, which is what Netcraft examines.  (Again,
source hacking required to change that).

These are additive.  Give someone a way to express itself using a
supported mechanism like this, and I think the likelihood of the
server being made unidentifiable as Apache goes *down*, not up.  MHO.

So, Jim, +1 (concept) on your patch to re-insert SERVER_SUBVERSION
after the PLATFORM clause.

#ken	P-)}

Ken Coar                    <http://Web.Golux.Com/coar/>
Apache Group member         <http://www.apache.org/>
"Apache Server for Dummies" <http://WWW.Dummies.Com/

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