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From Stefan Eissing <>
Subject Re: conn_rec needs a context
Date Thu, 03 Mar 2016 15:30:51 GMT

> Am 03.03.2016 um 16:21 schrieb Yann Ylavic <>:
> On Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 3:57 PM, Jim Jagielski <> wrote:
>>    /** Config vector containing pointers to connections per-server
>>     *  config structures. */
>>    struct ap_conf_vector_t *conn_config;
> Yes, this is opaque, and turns out to be a implemented as void**.
> We could even make it a struct if we'd want 2 "batons" per module,
> with something like:
>  struct ap_conf_vector_t {
>      void *config;
>      void *context;
>  };
> in server/config.c, without breaking the API (since it is opaque).
> And then let ap_get_module_config/context() use the existing
> conn/request_config.
> Another vector might be better/simpler/safer, though.
> Still I'm not sure to understand the use case for now...

I think we confuse ourselves with the wording here. As I understand it, almost all modules
store connection context information in that vector. In that sense, it is *their* internal
configuration for the connection, not necessarily the same as is stored at other config locations,
such as server or request.

Some ap_conf_vectors are populated by the runtime for all modules participating (like server_rec->module_config),
some are not. The ones in conn_rec ->conn_config are only directly set by a module and
the module determines what does there.
And what a module stores there can be a process wide singleton or something with the lifetime
of the conn_rec->pool, it's up to the module.

That is how I understand it. And I hope that I'm right, but if not, please explain what I
missed, since mod_http2 makes very much use of this...


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