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From James A. Sutherland <>
Subject Re: httpd.conf
Date Sat, 11 Nov 2000 09:59:16 GMT
On Sat, 11 Nov 2000, you wrote:
> I've had a number of people comment that httpd.conf needs help in two
> regards.
> First, although the copious comments are wonderful for the beginner,
> they are excessive for someone moderately experienced. There needs to be
> an abridged version of the config file with minimal comments.
> Second, the file is arranged a little randomly, and could stand to be
> arranged in a somewhat more coherent manner. (Although I've had a number
> of people mention this to me, none of them have suggested a better
> arrangement.)
> I was wondering if anyone had any particular objections to including a
> file called, say, httpd.conf.abbrev or .minimal, or .abridged (or some
> other qualifier) which contained only minimal comments on each block?
> This is something that I frequently do for myself on my own servers, so
> that I don't have to paw through dozens of lines of comments to get to
> the part that I want to modify.

I like the idea, but those names carry a risk of new users thinking "Oh, the
simple configuration option - I'll try that"....

How about or similar? That, after all, is who it is aimed at:
expert users, who don't need the explanation of each option.


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