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From Peter Schober <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Building Apache 2.2 without IPv6
Date Fri, 04 Dec 2009 09:16:10 GMT
* Daniel Reinhardt <> [2009-12-04 09:31]:
> Its like how Linux/Unix Distribution Creaters forcing IPv6 in a
> kernel when someone may not have a need for it or find it useless.
> They should instead build their distributions with IPv4 enabled by
> default, and include a IPv6 enabled Kernel for those who want to use
> it.

Applying that same argument to any part of the kernel or network stack
someone out there might have no use for, how many kernel images a
distribution might have? This is of course not only absurd, it also
ignores loadable modules support in the kernel.

As to your suggestion for httpd (to stay at least slightly on-topic):
Sure there's a tension between "secure by default" (whoever still
claims this these days) and "lots of useful features enabled by
default", but since not binding httpd to IPv6 interfaces it is
trivially easy (as has been pointed out), why ruin it for everyone
else who might need it? (Should they all need to recompile? Or, again,
should distributions ship gazillion prepackaged versions of httpd,
each with a different set of enabled features?).

Also defaults are a bikeshed.

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