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From Ian Holsman <>
Subject Re: What do you want in HTTPD 2.4/3.0/X/GREEN?
Date Sun, 04 Dec 2005 00:07:29 GMT
Paul Querna wrote:
> My intention is for this to be a wide open brainstorming thread.
> I expect that we will be able to discuss several ideas in much more 
> detail at the Hackathon next week, but I really want to get all ideas 
> 'on the table'.
> I have a few things I would like to see, but I am sure there are perhaps 
> hundreds of other major features that other people want.  It helps to 
> know what everyone else is thinking about new features, rather than one 
> person going off an doing it all by themselves. (not that I'll stop 
> anyone from that either).
> Here is my list:
> * Async/Event MPM: Complete Async pipeline for static files.  I believe 
> we can seriously give every existing single-threaded-event-based server 
> a run for their money on every existing benchmark.  Toss in some dynamic 
> content, and a hybrid Event/Worker has serious potential.  Some of this 
> work is ongoing in the async-read dev branch, but there is plenty more 
> to do.

I've always wanted to (but not had free time) to write a SEDA-type mpm. 
the SEDA is slightly different to the async/event mpm in that a given 
hook/filter would process multiple events/requests at the same context 
switch. This is what the apr_queue stuff was initially designed for.

I'd also like to brainstorm a better solution to running Rails/Django 
applications inside of the httpd process than the SCGI/FastCGI solution 
which most people use.

Configuration .. make it configurable. by that I mean allowing people to 
use LDAP or a DB to hold the configuration files, and not a flat file. 
This is mainly intended for large server farms. Currently the main 
reason for logging onto a webserver is to change it's configuration (and 
bounce) .. if we could reduce that to just 'bounce' it might make life 
easier. (or some method where it checks configs every X minutes and 
autobounces..removing the need to log onto the machine at all ;-)

Configuration .. make it easier..I can't think of anything on how to do 
this off the top of my head, but it seems to be a common complaint.

Logging/debugging .. changing the log system to use something like Log4C 
for errors.. this way the module developer can easily turn on/off 
various information on a live system when he is having issues.

wish I could attend the ApacheCon.. if there was a ApacheCon OZ I'd be 
there ;-)


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