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From "Bill Stoddard" <>
Subject Re: [Announce] Win32 Installer Repository
Date Fri, 02 Mar 2001 01:42:30 GMT
Cool stuff! 

Thanks all!


> Folks,
>   I'm pleased to announce that Covalent is donating back my efforts to the
> .msi based binary installer for Win32.  Please note it comprises not only the
> blood sweat and tears of newsgroup testers who put it 'through the paces', but
> Covalent's QA team.  Of course this comes with my ongoing committment to act
> as maintainer for the Win32 installer.
>   This 'project' will be used for both the apache-1.3 (as we did on 1.3.17) and 
> for the httpd-2.0 distributions.  It will also be 'tagged' after we successfully
> build the compiler for the particular version.  Therefore it was entirely silly
> to stow it in both 1.3 and 2.0 trees, or either tree for that matter.
>   Anyone interested in helping extend the installer can grab the httpd-win32-msi
> repository.  It has been tagged once, APACHE_1_3_17_R1 for the release that sits
> today in /dist/binaries/win32.  If you are interested in commit activity against
> that repository, mail - this shouldn't become
> extra email cruft for those who aren't interested in the Win32 install mechanics.
>   I have great hopes for strengthening this installer through other contributors'
> help.  One great feature would be allowing the user to choose a port other than
> the default 80, and then verification that we can actually set up the accept 
> socket against the server's name and selected port.  By then attempting to 
> duplicate the socket handle, we will discover prior to installation that the user
> suffers from a crippled winsock provider, such as Aventail Connect.
> Enjoy,
> Bill
> p.s. My sincere thanks to Covalent, for letting me devote so much of my 'work' time 
> to revamping this support and allowing me to pass it back to the community.
> Covalent SSL 1.5 for Apache, Windows NT/2000 edition was released without much fanfare
> two weeks ago, and many of the improvements in this past month and a half come not only
> from  the newslist and testers here, but especially Ryan Gilfillan, who's name you will

> be seeing more often in bugfix commits.  He's truly in the ranks of X-QA  (as in 
> eXtreme Quality Assurance.  I can't slip anything past him :-)

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