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From Rodent of Unusual Size <Ken.C...@Golux.Com>
Subject [STATUS] (httpd-2.0) Thu Jan 11 06:57:46 EST 2001
Date Thu, 11 Jan 2001 11:57:46 GMT
APACHE 2.0 STATUS:						-*-text-*-
Last modified at [$Date: 2001/01/11 06:10:50 $]


    2.0b1   : Scheduled to release December 26, 2000
	rbb volunteers to be RM
    2.0a9   : released December 12, 2000
    2.0a8   : released November 20, 2000
    2.0a7   : released October 8, 2000
    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


    * Root all file systems with <Directory /> for WIN32/OS2/NW permissions 
        Status: patch brought forward from 1.3.14
                WIN32 and OS2 need review [William Rowe, Brian Harvard]

    * Error messages are filtered according to the needs of the original 
      URI.  Nothing ensures that they are translated on EBCDIC machines
      and *not* translated on ASCII machines.

    * 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.
        - Document warning that OSR2 is required (for Crypt functions, in
        rand.c, at least.)

    * 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?

    * 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

    * 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?"

    * The AddInputFilter and AddOutputFilter directives do not allow the
      administrator to remove or reorder filters.  Once a filter is added
      in a container, it is present in any subcontainers.  It can only be
      added to the filter chain after any filters specified in enclosing

    * remove the --disable-shared from the subdir config of APR(UTIL)
      before the final release. (in fact, it might even be nice to
      allow for Apache config/build against an already-installed
      Note: we need to do a "make install" for APR(UTIL) so the shared
            libraries can be installed properly. We could also use that
            point to install include files (rather than have Apache
	    know everything that needs to be installed from the
	    sub-packages). The original impetus for doing the
	    disable-shared was because the shared lib wasn't getting
	    installed and a "make clean" in aprutil would make Apache
	    fail to load.

    * users who want to install third-party modules into the Apache
      source tree (for static linking) need to have autoconf and
      libtool installed. This is because the module needs to have its
      config.m4 incorporated into ./configure, which means "buildconf"
      must be run.
      Note: This is in part because we have removed the "extra" directory.
            In the Apache-2.0 repository, this directory had a config.m4
            file that allowed people to add external modules by
            specifying --with-module on the configure line.

    * The directives to setup output filters need to be re-visited.  These
      directives aren't consistent with what we already have, and they don't
      always make good sense.
          Status:  rbb volunteers.

    * FreeBSD has issues when sendfile is used.  Some images aren't sent
      completely.  The work around is to turn off sendfile support.

    * release distros do not include a "test" dir.  It should be
      cleaned for the dev guys.  (Greg volunteers)

    * 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.

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

    * 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)
      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.

    * There are still a number of places in the code where we are
      losing 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.
	[ gjs: still? really? ]

    * All DBMs suffer from confusion in support/dbmmanage (perl script) since 
        the dbmmanage employs the first-matched dbm format.  This is not
        necessarily the library that Apache was built with.  Aught to
        rewrite dbmmanage upon installation to bin/ with the proper library 
        for predictable mod_auth_db/dbm administration.

    * use apu_dbm in mod_auth_dbm
        Status: Greg +1 (low-priority volunteer)

    * Integrate mod_dav.
        Some additional items remaining:
	- case_preserved_filename stuff
	    (use the new canonical name stuff?)
	- 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 and mod_file_cache
      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 the module to munge what the
      translation has decided to do.
        Status: Greg +1 (volunteers), Ryan +1

    * 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: <>
        Status: Greg +1 (volunteers), Jeff +1, Ryan +1, Tony -0(?)

    * mod_info to use the configuration tree

    * (possibly) use UUIDs in mod_unique_id and/or mod_usertrack

    * (possibly) port the bug fix for PR 6942 (segv when LoadModule is put
      into a VirtualHost container) to 2.0.

    * the LTFLAGS = -export-dynamic in the config.m4 is wrong. it is getting
      added multiple times during the config process. The -export-dynamic
      should probably move into build/ (the make file used for
      building Apache modules).

    * toss the AddModule directive. we add all prelinked modules
      automatically, and the LoadModule directive now implies
      AddModule. so... there is no point to it any more.

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

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

    * PR#78: mod_include
      Additional status for XBitHack directive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    * PR#573: mod_log-any
      More LogFormat directives

    * PR#612: mod_proxy
      Proxy FTP Authentication Fails

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    * PR#1028: other
      DoS attacks involving memory consumption

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

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

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

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

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

    * PR#1156: config
      insufficent AllowOverrides granularity for autoindexing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    * PR#1532: mod_proxy
      Proxy transfer logging

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    * PR#1855: mod_autoindex
      More Control over autoindex layout

    * PR#1878: mod_proxy
      listing of proxy cache content

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    * PR#2314: mod_proxy
      patterns in ProxyRemote

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

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

    * PR#2396: general
      Proposal for TimeZone directive

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

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

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

    * PR#2446: config
      AllowOverride FileInfo is too coarse

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

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

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

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

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

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

    * PR#2772: mod_log-any
      more % escapes

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

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

    * PR#2873: config
      Feedback/Comment on APACI

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

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

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

    * PR#3018: general
      cannot limit some HTTP methods

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

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

    * PR#3181: config
      Configuration file in Japanese

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

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

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

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

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

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

    * PR#3677: general
      New ErrorDocumentMatch directive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    * 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
    * 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

    * 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

    * Changes since 1.3.9 can be more easily seen in the commitlog file
      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:

   * Jon Travis's <> patch to deal with thread-safe
     issues with inet_ntoa.  See message <>
	Status:  This is being set aside until the IPv6 work is finished
		 so that we know exactly what is required.

   * Martin Sojka <>'s patch to add error reporting for failed 
     htpasswd actions due to a full /tmp volume (other programs may have
     similar problems?)
        PR: 6475

   * Mike Abbott's <> patches to improve
       Status: These were written for 1.3, and are awaiting a port to
   * Jim Winstead's <> patch to add CookieDomain and 
     other small mod_usertrack features

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

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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