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From Marc Slemko <ma...@worldgate.com>
Subject Re: [PATCH] Server version OS/2 console banner fix
Date Fri, 08 May 1998 16:37:26 GMT
On Fri, 8 May 1998, Jim Jagielski wrote:

> > I'm not sure where it changed, or where the odd idea of adding
> > a new directive to let people add to the server string 
> > from their config files came in.
> > 
> 
> Now that SERVER_SUBVERSION does nothing, the idea was that we needed
> some way for the webmaster to add that capability without editing
> code. Hence the config directive.

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? 

I can think of very very very very few cases where it is appropriate for
someone to use a directive to change the server string.  Having a
directive to do it encourages people who think they are cool guys to
change it for no reason.  

The only reason I can see for the admin of the server to explicitly add
something is if they have a munged server that they want to identify.  If
they have that, then they must have source changes anyway so one more line
identifying their changes in the code wouldn't hurt.

I just don't think it is wise to encourage dumb modifications without.  


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