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From Greg Stein <>
Subject Re: Expat-lite
Date Thu, 05 Oct 2000 22:39:11 GMT
Yup, I've been watching the project (even posted here with a note about it).
I have yet to try it, but definitely will -- since part of Clark Cooper's
whole purpose of working on it was to provide better interop for Apache,
mod_dav, and mod_perl when the Perl XML::Expat module is used. I figure that
I'm just as responsible for ensuring that interop. (note that it was also
called 1.95 rather than 2.0 simply because I was away when Clark was ready
and couldn't test it; the move to 2.0 will occur after our verification)

If it slides in really easily, then we might simply want to redist the
package from rather than include it into our source tree.
Currently, we have it in our tree because we make changes to it. But if that
doesn't happen, then a redist is appropriate.

Assuming that we redist, then mod_dav would simply not be enabled unless
Expat was available (from wherever). If the user tried to enable it but
Expat couldn't be found, then we'd generate an error message during the
config. Note that this would also allow for us to find Expat installed on
the system in a "standard" place by a .deb or .rpm package.


On Thu, Oct 05, 2000 at 03:10:32PM -0700, Sander van Zoest wrote:
> I am not sure how many of you are aware, but James Clark has delegated
> maintenance of the Expat XML parser to a group of users of the code.
> They have been working on a shared library version of expat that then
> can be plugged into different things and *hopefully* work together more
> smoothly.
> <>
> Since Sablotron, Dav, PHP, mod_perl and all sorts of other projects use
> Expat I would think it might be a good idea to either replace the
> expat-lite that comes with apache with this shared library release
> (with the hopes that all other projects will do this as well) when it
> becomes more stable.
> If everyone would then depend on this library we should be able to
> eleviate most of the head aches we have had with this being part of
> apache.
> Or, should we takes this outside apache, and make it a dependancy.
> I guess since we will be shipping mod_dav standard with Apache 2.0,
> this is not really an option.
> I would vote for it to be a seperate add-on module, but since this
> isn't an option since mod_dav requires it, we probably should switch
> to this expat library when a "stable" version becomes available.
> Cheers,
> --
> Sander van Zoest                                         []
> Covalent Technologies, Inc.                 
> (415) 536-5218                       
> >From :
> Posted By: coopercc
> Date: 2000-Sep-29 09:54
> Summary:Expat 1.95.0 (1st shared library release) 
> Expat 1.95.0 has been released. This is the 1st
> release under the new team to which James
> Clark delegated maintenance of expat. Using
> GNU autoconf and libtool packages, it has a
> configuration script that builds and installs a
> shareable library. 
> While expat itself is mature, this a
> development/beta release. 
> I have personally built and run it under a Red Hat
> 6.2 system and a Windows NT 4.0 under
> Cygwin. 
> Clark Cooper

Greg Stein,

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