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From "William A. Rowe, Jr." <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd]Missing versions and history files from Apache
Date Tue, 25 Sep 2007 23:21:03 GMT
Frances Chevonne Dancer wrote:
> Hello,
> I am interested in studying the evolution of the Apache httpd server. I downloaded some
> the older versions via a mirror, but their are some gaps in the versions. For example,
> may contain 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, then skip to 1.6. My question is, "Does anyone know why those
> versions are missing and where I could find them?" Also, I read where these files were
> once versioned controlled using CVS. I tried to import the older versions into SVN and
> CVS, but the history of these files are not there. My other question is, "Where could
> find the history (.svn) files for these older versions?"
> Thank you very much for your consideration,
> Mrs. Chevonne Dancer
> Ph.D. Student
> Computer Science and Engineering Department
> Mississippi State University

I'm wondering if you are looking for releases, or the evolution of code.

Throughout, the file STATUS in each package is indicative of it's progress,
but through the version control system this is made a little more clear.

For example,

Versions are skipped for a host of reasons.  The httpd project (originally
a rag tag group of squatters on their own patches to NCSA web server, and
later banded together as the Apache Group, and finally forming the Foundation
and establishing the Apache httpd Project) has always held that once it's
created, a version is what it is, and that version number is skipped if it
turns out that assemblage of code isn't up to snuff.  Fixes are applied and
a new version number issued.

If you are looking deeper into the historical strata, let me know and I'll
see what we can do about providing you copies of the CVS trees of much
older sources.  Evolution wise, the transition from NCSA to Apache httpd 1.3
is rather interesting.


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