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From Rodent of Unusual Size <Ken.C...@Golux.Com>
Subject [STATUS] (apache-2.0) Wed Sep 20 23:45:11 EDT 2000
Date Thu, 21 Sep 2000 03:45:12 GMT
Apache 2.0 STATUS:
Last modified at [$Date: 2000/09/02 11:32:42 $]

Release:

    2.0a7   : ???
    2.0a6   : released August 18, 2000
    2.0a5   : released August 4, 2000
    2.0a4   : released June 7, 2000
    2.0a3   : released April 28, 2000
    2.0a2   : released March 31, 2000
    2.0a1   : released March 10, 2000

RELEASE SHOWSTOPPERS:

    * All of the bucket types must be implemented.  The list can be found
      in src/include/ap_buckets.h. May need to implement a bucket type
      to mark the end of a subrequest content stream, and one to tell
      filters to flush any pending content. See http_protocol.c:
      ap_finalize_sub_req_protocol() and ap_rflush()
	rbb says:  Creating a bucket to signal end of sub-request ties
		   the filters to Apache.  This can be handled very cleanly
		   by just inserting a sub-request filter.  That filter would
		   be responsible for stripping off the EOS bucket for the
		   sub-request, and removing all vestiges of the request.

    * Remove Buff and IOL from the code.  To do this, a chunking and 
      translation filter must be written.  This allows us to remove BUFF.
      IOLs can be removed as soon as somebody gets to it.

    * apachectl not being built or installed

    * Win32: Get mod_auth_digest working under win32
      - APR_HAS_RANDOM should be defined on windows and there is a 
      lib/apr/misc/win32/rand.c which is basically a copy of what
      mod_auth_digest used to use.

    * suEXEC doesn't work
        Status: Manoj has posted an patch to fix this.
        Message-ID: <20000825024943.A17578@manojk.users.mindspring.com>

    * Win32: Enable the Windows MPM to honor max_requests_per_child
        Status: Bill will fix this.

    * Win32: Get Apache working on Windows 95/98. The following work
	(at least) needs to be done:
	- winnt MPM: Fix 95/98 code paths in the winnt MPM. There is some NT
	specific code that is still not in NT only code paths
	- IOL binds to APR sendfile, implemented with TransmitFile, which 
        is not available on 95/98.

    * Win32: Test access logging with multiple threads. Will the 
	native file I/O calls serialize automagically like the 
	CRT calls or do we need to add region locking each time 
	we access the logs?
	Status: 

    * Win32: Complete the revamp the service environment and relocation
        into the WinNT MPM.  Changes ServerRoot service registry 
        parameter into ConfigArgs for multiple service startup parameters.
        Problems to fix in the revamp: -k shutdown/restart are broken, 
        signals are not being acknowledged.  Close window and shutdown 
        also seem out of sorts.
        OtherBill is working on this

    * Win32: fix build/run time environment to remove ApacheCore.dll 
        linkage from ab.exe and htdigest.exe.
    
    * We need a thread-safe resolver, at least on Unix.
        Status: The best known candidate would be something from
	BIND v9.
        Status: Greg asks, "why? doesn't gethostbyname_r() handle this?"

    * Modify mod_cgi and mod_cgid to deal with directories.  This allows
      a lot of directives to be removed from the core.

RELEASE NON-SHOWSTOPPERS BUT WOULD BE REAL NICE TO WRAP THESE UP:
    * Combine log_child and piped_log_spawn. Clean up http_log.c.
      Common logging API.

    * Create unified scoreboard API and implementation shared across
      the MPMs 

    * Document mod_file_cache.

    * OS/2: Get loadable modules working again. Requires shared core support
      which doesn't appear to be catered for in the current build system.

    * OS/2: Make mod_status work for spmt_os2 MPM.

    * Build scripts do not recognise AIX 4.2.1 pthreads, so the
      pthread MPMs will not build.

    * Win32: Enable the winnt MPM to use the new scoreboard API

    * Win32: Implement ap_shm_ functions in APR.

    * Win32: Win9x console window still won't play nice with the
        close window, logoff and shutdown scenarios.

    * Win32: Add a simple hold console open patch (wait for close or
        the ESC key, with a nice message) if the server died a bad 
        death (non-zero exit code) in console mode.

    * Platforms that do not support fork (primarily Win32 and AS/400)
      Consider introducing HAVE_FORK feature macro. Architect start-up code
      that avoids initializing all the modules in the parent process on
      platforms that do not support fork.

    * Win32: Migrate the MPM over to use APR thread/process calls. This
      would eliminate some code in the Win32 branch that essentially
      duplicates what is in APR.

      Bill says we need a new procattr, APR_CREATE_SUSPENDED (or
      something similar) to direct ap_create_process to create the
      process suspended. We also need a call to wake up the suspended 
      process This may not be able to be implemented everywhere though.

    * There are still a number of places in the code where we are
      loosing error status (i.e. throwing away the error returned by a
      system call and replacing it with a generic error code)

    * Win32: Implement reliable piped logs on Windows
          
    * The connection status table is not very efficient. Also, very few stats
      are exported to the connection status table (easy to fix), and mod_status
      is ugly.

    * Mass vhosting version of suEXEC.

    * Replace tables with a proper opaque ADT that has pluggable
      implementations (including something like the existing data type,
      plus hash tables for speed, with options for more later).
	Status: fanf is working on this.

    * configuration option to use *DBM
      Status: Greg +1 (volunteers)

    * add SDBM into src/lib/sdbm/ as a default/fallback DBM implementation.
      SDBM is used by Perl, mod_dav, mod_sssl, others for basic DBM support.
      Status: Greg +1 (volunteers)

    * Integrate mod_dav.
        Message-id: <20000625173247.M29590@lyra.org>
        Status: works. passes initial regression testing. Joe Orton
                reports success with his "cadaver" tool.
        Some additional items remaining:
	- case_preserved_filename stuff
        - fix and re-enable sdbm_lock.c
	- find a new home for ap_text(_header)
	- is it possible to remove the DAV: namespace stuff from util_xml?

    * ap_core_translate() and its use by mod_mmap_static are a bit wonky.
      The function should probably be exposed as a utility function (such
      as ap_translate_url2fs() or ap_validate_fs_url() or something).
      Another approach would be a new hook phase after "translate" which
      would allow mod_mmap_static to munge what the translation has
      decided to do.
        Status: Greg +1 (volunteers), Ryan +1

    * Go through ap_config.h and namespace-protect the symbols (e.g. USE_*).
      Some symbols can/should move to mpm_common.h where possible.

    * Explore use of a post-config hook for the code in http_main.c which
      calls ap_fixup_virutal_hosts(), ap_fini_vhost_config(), and
      ap_sort_hooks()  [to reduce the logic in main()]

    * read the config tree just once, and process N times (as necessary)

    * add a version number to ap_initialize() as an extra failsafe against
      (APR) library version skew.
      MsgID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.10005231712380.31927-100000@nebula.lyra.org>
      Status: Greg +1 (volunteers), Jeff +1, Ryan +1, Tony -0(?)

    * mod_info to use the configuration tree

PRs that have been suspended forever waiting for someone to
put them into 'the next release':

    * PR#73: mod_log-any
      reporting of referer in error_log
	Status: 

    * PR#76: general
      missing call to "setlocale();"
	Status: 

    * PR#78: mod_include
      Additional status for XBitHack directive
	Status: 

    * PR#161: mod_dir
      Questionable performace of mod_dir() with negotiation
	Status: 

    * PR#362: mod_proxy
      Mod_proxy doesn't allow change of error pages
	Status: 

    * PR#370: mod_env
      Modified PATH environemnt variable is not passed, instead
      system's is used
	Status: 

    * PR#440: mod_proxy
      Proxy doesn't deliver documents if not connected
	Status: 

    * PR#534: mod_proxy
      proxy converts ~name to %7Ename when name starts with a dot (.)
	Status: 

    * PR#537: mod_access
      mod_access syntax allows hosts that should be restricted
	Status: 

    * PR#557: mod_auth-any
      ~UserHome directories are not honored in absolute pathname
      requests (.htaccess)
	Status: 

    * PR#573: mod_log-any
      More LogFormat directives
	Status: 

    * PR#612: mod_proxy
      Proxy FTP Authentication Fails
	Status: 

    * PR#623: mod_include
      A smarter "Last Modified" value for SSI documents (see PR number 600)
	Status: 

    * PR#628: config
      Request of "Options SymLinksIfGroupMatch"
	Status: 

    * PR#697: mod_include
      A security tweak I've been using for a few years for SSI
	Status: 

    * PR#700: mod_proxy
      Proxy doesn't do links right for OpenVMS files through ftp:
	Status: 

    * PR#759: mod_imap
      imap should read <MAP><AREA>*</MAP> too!
	Status: 

    * PR#793: general
      RLimitCPU and RLimitMEM don't apply to all children like they should
	Status: 

    * PR#921: suexec
      Uses cwd before filling it in, doesn't use syslog
	Status: 

    * PR#922: config
      it is useful to allow specifiction that root-owned symlinks
      should always be followed
	Status: 

    * PR#980: mod_proxy
      Controlling Access to Remote Proxies would be nice...
	Status: 

    * PR#994: mod_proxy
      Adding authentication "on the fly" through the proxy module
	Status: 

    * PR#1004: apache-api
      request_config field in request_rec is moderately bogus
	Status: 

    * PR#1028: other
      DoS attacks involving memory consumption
	Status: 

    * PR#1050: mod_log-any
      Logging of virtual server to error_log as well
	Status: 

    * PR#1085: mod_proxy
      ProxyRemote make a dead cycle.
	Status: 

    * PR#1117: mod_auth-any
      Using NIS passwd.byname dbm files with AuthDBMUserFile
	Status: 

    * PR#1120: suexec
      suexec does not parse arguments to #exec cmd
	Status: 

    * PR#1145: mod_include
      Allow for Last-Modified: without resorting to XBitHack
	Status: 

    * PR#1156: config
      insufficent AllowOverrides granularity for autoindexing
	Status: 

    * PR#1158: apache-api
      improvements to child spawning API
	Status: 

    * PR#1166: mod_proxy
      ``nph-'' not honored (no buffering) for ProxyRemote mapping
	Status: 

    * PR#1176: mod_cgi
      Apache cannot handle continuation line in headers
	Status: 

    * PR#1191: general
      setlogin() is not called, causing problems with e.g. identd
	Status: 

    * PR#1204: general
      regerror() exists, use it
	Status: 

    * PR#1233: apache-api
      there is no way to keep per-connection per-module state
	Status: 

    * PR#1263: mod_dir
      Add frame-safe anchor attribute to mod_autoindex links
	Status: 

    * PR#1268: suexec
      CGI scripts running as Apache user: security (suexec etc.)
	Status: 

    * PR#1285: suexec
      Error messages could be easier to spot in cgi.log file for suexec.c
	Status: 

    * PR#1287: mod_access
      add allow,deny/deny,allow warning to mod_access
	Status: 

    * PR#1290: mod_proxy
      Need to know "hit-rate" on proxy cache
	Status: 

    * PR#1358: mod_log-any
      Selective url-encode of log fields (or maybe a pseudo
      log_rewrite module?)
	Status: 

    * PR#1383: mod_headers
      I make mod_headers to modify request headers as well as
      response ones.
	Status: 

    * PR#1532: mod_proxy
      Proxy transfer logging
	Status: 

    * PR#1547: mod_proxy
      No HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR set...
	Status: 

    * PR#1567: mod_proxy
      ProxyRemote proxy requests fail authentication by firewall
	Status: 

    * PR#1574: mod_autoindex
      ReadmeName and HeaderName don't allow for server-parsed html.
	Status: 

    * PR#1582: mod_rewrite
      mod_rewrite forms REQUEST_URI different than mod_cgi does
	Status: 

    * PR#1677: mod_headers
      mod_headers should allow mod_log_config-style formats in
      header values
	Status: 

    * PR#1702: mod_proxy
      mod_proxy to support persistent conns?
	Status: 

    * PR#1803: mod_include
      patches to mod_include to allow for file tests
	Status: 

    * PR#1809: mod_auth-any
      Suggestion for improving authentication modules and core source
      code, problem with 401 and ErrorDocument
	Status: 

    * PR#1855: mod_autoindex
      More Control over autoindex layout
	Status: 

    * PR#1878: mod_proxy
      listing of proxy cache content
	Status: 

    * PR#1905: suexec
      Allow modules to set user:group for execution.
	Status: 

    * PR#2024: apache-api
      adding auth_why to conn_rec
	Status: 

    * PR#2073: mod_log-any
      pipelined connections are not logged correctly
	Status: 

    * PR#2074: mod_rewrite
      mod_rewrite doesn't pass Proxy Throughput on internal subrequests
	Status: 

    * PR#2113: config
      HTTP Server Rebuild Line Needs Changing for the better
	Status: 

    * PR#2138: mod_status
      mod_status always displays 256 possible connection slots
	Status: 

    * PR#2221: documentation
      Make online documentation search link back to my installation
	Status: 

    * PR#2284: general
      Can not POST to ErrorDocument - Apache/1.3b6
	Status: 

    * PR#2314: mod_proxy
      patterns in ProxyRemote
	Status: 

    * PR#2343: mod_status
      Status module averages are for entire uptime
	Status: 

    * PR#2360: suexec
      suexec for general access of user content?
	Status: 

    * PR#2396: general
      Proposal for TimeZone directive
	Status: 

    * PR#2415: mod_info
      /server-info doesn't check for the virtual host to list the info
	Status: 

    * PR#2421: config
      problem specifying ndbm library for build ?with autoconfigure
	Status: 

    * PR#2431: general
      A small addition to rotatelogs.c to improve program functionality.
	Status: 

    * PR#2446: config
      AllowOverride FileInfo is too coarse
	Status: 

    * PR#2460: mod_cgi
      TimeOut applies to output of CGI scripts
	Status: 

    * PR#2512: mod_access
      &lt;IfDenied&gt; directive wanted
	Status: 

    * PR#2573: suexec
      CGI's for general use still have to be run as another user
      with suExec
	Status: 

    * PR#2648: general
      Cache file names in Proxy module
	Status: 

    * PR#2760: config
      [PATCH] User/Group for <Directory> and <Location> i.e. not only
      in global and <Virtual>.
	Status: 

    * PR#2763: general
      mailto tags and bundling bug report script
	Status: 

    * PR#2772: mod_log-any
      more % escapes
	Status: 

    * PR#2785: os-aix
      Support for System Resource Controller
	Status: 

    * PR#2793: protocol
      When will Apache support P3P? Any Plans?
	Status: 

    * PR#2873: config
      Feedback/Comment on APACI
	Status: 

    * PR#2889: general
      Inclusion of RPM spec file in CVS/distributions
	Status: 

    * PR#2906: general
      Propose that Apache recommend $UNIQUE_ID for all "session id"
      algorithms
	Status: 

    * PR#2907: config
      suggestion: power up your Include directive :)
	Status: 

    * PR#3018: general
      cannot limit some HTTP methods
	Status: 

    * PR#3026: mod_autoindex
      No way to change ReadmeName/HeaderName suffixes.
	Status: 

    * PR#3143: apache-api
      No module specific data hook for per-connection data
	Status: 

    * PR#3181: config
      Configuration file in Japanese
	Status: 

    * PR#3191: mod_negotiation
      no way to set global quality-of-source (qs) coneg values
      with multiviews
	Status: 

    * PR#3430: mod_negotiation
      Enhancement: MultiViews, Multi-Language Documents
	Status: 

    * PR#3568: mod_proxy
      Accessing URL through proxy server corrupts data.
	Status: 

    * PR#3594: os-windows
      Please add an Apache icon to the systray instead of a DOS window
	Status: 

    * PR#3605: mod_proxy
      Some anonymous FTP URLs ask for authentication
	Status: 

    * PR#3654: mod_autoindex
      BORDER=0 makes Icons look nicer (FancyIndexing)
	Status: 

    * PR#3677: general
      New ErrorDocumentMatch directive
	Status: 

    * PR#4180: os-windows
      Alternative for win95 users
	Status: 

    * PR#4241: config
      Need to be able to override shebang line to make CGI scripts
      more portable.
	Status: 

    * PR#4244: config
      "Files" and "FilesMatch" regexp does not recognize bang as
      negation operator
	Status: 

    * PR#4448: mod_log-any
      Please allow CGI env variables (QUERY_STRING, ...) to be logged
      with %{}e
	Status: 

    * PR#4455: config
      apache provides no way to do a wildcard/global NameVirtualHost
	Status: 

    * PR#4459: mod_include
      Suggestion for better handling of Last-modified headers
	Status: 

    * PR#4490: mod_cgi
      mod_cgi prevents handling of OPTIONS requests
	Status: 

    * PR#4520: mod_autoindex
      mod_autoindex does not generate Last-Modified response headers
	Status: 

    * PR#4658: os-windows
      The output of CGI scripts appears in the window that apache
      is running in
	Status: 

    * PR#4816: general
      SSI in CGI
	Status: 

    * PR#5079: config
      Apache header files should have a private name, e.g.
      #include "apache/httpd.h"
	Status: 

    * PR#5713: os-windows
      [PATCH] install as service with domain account
	Status: 

    * PR#5993: general
      AllowOverride should have a 'CheckNone' and 'AllowNone' argument
      instead of only 'None'
	Status: 

    * PR#6347: mod_mime
      MIME types for MNG and JNG files need adding to mime.types and
      the mime.types and magic files
	Status: Waiting for IANA types to be defined

Other bugs that need fixing:

    * MaxRequestsPerChild measures connections, not requests.
        Until someone has a better way, we'll probably just rename it
        "MaxConnectionsPerChild".
    
    * Regex containers don't work in an intutive way
        Status: No one has come up with an efficient way to fix this
        behavior. Dean has suggested getting rid of regex containers
        completely.

    * SIGSEGV on Linux (glibc 2.1.2) isn't caught properly by a
      sigwaiting thread. We need to work around this, perhaps unless
      there is hope soon for a fixed glibc.

    * The MM library is built as static and shared library. This should
      be set up to build only the required version.

Other features that need writing:

    * Finish infrastructure in core for async MPMs
        Status: post 2.0

    * TODO in source -- just do an egrep on "TODO" and see what's there

Documentation that needs writing:
    * Mod_status docs are needed.

    * The concept of MPMs, especially if we ship more than one MPM for a
      given platform

    * New directives in the various MPMs and appropriate links from
	obsolete directives in core.html to the MPM documentation.

    * Revise manual/stopping.html and the last part of
	manual/misc/perf-tuning.html to take account of the MPMs.

    * API documentation
        Status: Ben Laurie has written some hooks documentation
        (apache-2.0/htdocs/hooks.html)

    * Changes since 1.3.9 can be more easily seen in the commitlog file
         dev.apache.org:/home/cvs/CVSROOT/commitlogs/apache-2.0
      which includes some of Roy's comments when the changes were
      committed in rough change-sets by purpose.  Note that the commitlog
      does not show the contents of new files until later.

Available Patches:

   * Mike Abbott's <mja@trudge.engr.sgi.com> patches to improve
     performance
       Status: These were written for 1.3, and are awaiting a port to
       2.0
 
   * Jim Winstead's <jimw@trainedmonkey.com> patch to add CookieDomain and 
     other small mod_usertrack features

   * Dan Rench's <drench@xnet.com> patch to add allow the errmsg and timefmt 
     of SSI's to be modified in the config file.  Patch is available in 
     PR6193

Open issues:

   * What do we do about mod_proxy?

   * Which MPMs will be included with Apache 2.0?

   * Is conf/highperformance.conf-dist obsolete?  It looks obsolete.

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