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From "Roy T. Fielding" <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] option to remove default listener
Date Sat, 19 May 2001 01:12:43 GMT
> > There are hundreds of ways to add such a check within the rc files.
> Could you name one?  I can't think of any, but I'm not sure I'm thinking
> along the same lines you are.

Aside from the one Greg mentioned, you can also

   - use another config file as a list of enabled services

   - use another config file that set environment variables and test them
     (this is what Linux typically does)

   - use a specific format for the httpd config file that inserts a
     comment before each Listen directive identifying it by service

   - use a separate httpd instance for each service (recommended because
     IPP doesn't have even remotely the same application profile as a
     normal Web server and thus needs different request limits)

   - egrep the httpd config file for Listen directives

In short, if it is possible for Apache to know what its config will be,
it is possible for a script to know it as well.

But if you want my recommendation, just don't install a Web server by
default.  It is a dumb idea regardless of how many OSes do it already.
A Web server needs to be carefully set up, just like any network service.


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