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From Mark Watts <>
Subject Re: Zero Config
Date Fri, 13 Nov 2009 12:20:24 GMT
On Fri, 2009-11-13 at 07:15 -0500, Rich Bowen wrote:
> On Nov 13, 2009, at 06:39 , Igor Galić wrote:
> >
> > It's been a long time now, but I still remember Rich asking for a
> > Apache httpd starting *without* a config.
> > I'm not sure this is easily doable, but I'm pretty confident that
> > we can slim down the basic config (httpd.conf) to a very minimalistic
> > level and put all the fluff in extra
> Of course it's doable. Easily? I don't know. But certainly doable. You  
> define and document default values for everything, and then config  
> directives are only ever needed when things differ from the default.  
> Lots of products do this.
> The default for LoadModule could be that you load all modules in  
> HTTPD_ROOT/modules unless there are LoadModule directives specifying  
> otherwise. We could (and should) protect <Directory /> by default, and  
> allow access to HTTPD_ROOT/htdocs by default. And so on. Much of the  
> stuff that's in those configs you referenced can already be omitted  
> and fall back to default values.

+1, and can we _please_ default RewriteEngine to "on".


Mark Watts BSc RHCE MBCS
Senior Systems Engineer, Managed Services Manpower
QinetiQ - Delivering customer-focused solutions
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