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From Dale Ghent <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] for ServerSignatures / ServerTokens
Date Thu, 18 Oct 2001 13:24:48 GMT
On Thu, 18 Oct 2001, Jim Jagielski wrote:

| If people have "valid" reasons for wanting it changed, then they should
| be smart enough to know where to edit the code... Yeah, it would be
| cool, but I share your concerns as well.

We all value ourselves as able coders and at the very least, able to be
intuitive and figure stuff out on our own... and rightfully so, I must say

But consider this other vantage point on this seemingly more-religous-than
technical issue:

There are companies out there that deploy alot of Apache instances for
their customers. Typically, this Apache is deployed in a precompiled,
packaged form to N number of servers.

If one customer wants a custom server ID line returned to clients for
<insert range of reasons>, that means a special one-off Apache must be
compiled for the customer and maintained into the future - a veritable
thorn in the side when managing server farms.

I have seen rather silly/invalid reasons for wanting it changed. I have
also seen pretty valid ones, too. Perhaps a compromise may be reached...
maybe we should always display "Apache 2.blah" and let the remainder of
what may be displayed be arbitrarily configurable.


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