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From Laura Vance <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Re: Bug Versions 1.3.28/29 Fixed In 1.3.31 Or Not?
Date Mon, 17 May 2004 20:20:23 GMT

I have an idea that should solve all problems.  (yeah, right. ;)  )

What I would propose is to allow a directive in the httpd.conf file that 
would be something like this:

    DENY SEARCH etc.

or something like that to deny specific request logging and allow all 
the others.  Since it's been stated that request methods that are not 
configured don't actually get "processed", this would just keep them 
from showing up in the log.  I mean, if they're not processed, there's 
no risk of contamination of any kind, right?

The reason I think this might help is that while most of us want to have 
our logs so that we can look back to before a problem happened to see 
what led up to it, others do not want this function.  Just as it's not 
one person's place to say what I want, it's not my place to say what 
they want either.

With that being said, I personally have no reason to stop any methods 
from reaching my log, but who's to say that someone just doesn't care 
for it.  I guess an example (if one is needed) is that you can tell 
someone that the paint is wet, but until they touch it, they don't know 
for sure.  One thing to think about is if someone does have their logs 
set to not log anything, then if they ask for help because someone 
hacked their server, the question could be "what's in your logs?"  If 
the response is "they were turned off" you can feel justified in saying 
"why weren't you logging?  we can't help you without logs."

Also just to clarify, I don't see detailed logs as a "bug", but the 
ability to select what you log would be more of a feature request.  
Isn't that partly why we love Linux and the open source movement... the 
"man" can't tell us what to do (or log as the case may be).

Laura Vance
Systems Engineer
Winfree Academy Charter Schools, Data-Business Office
1711 W. Irving Blvd. Ste 310
Irving, Tx  75061

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