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From Morgan Davis <mda...@cts.com>
Subject config/861: NCSA Compatibility with VirtualHost
Date Sun, 13 Jul 1997 21:20:01 GMT

>Number:         861
>Category:       config
>Synopsis:       NCSA Compatibility with VirtualHost
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       serious
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    apache (Apache HTTP Project)
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   apache
>Arrival-Date:   Sun Jul 13 14:20:01 1997
>Originator:     mdavis@cts.com
>Release:        1.2.1
Any OS, any version
NCSA's <VirtualHost> directive allows for a feature I suggested to Brandon Long
a few years ago where one can specify the severity of a failure in parsing
the <VirtualHost> section.  This is the optional "Optional" designator:

<VirtualHost address Optional>

If provided, any error during parsing is totally ignored and the server
starts up normally.  If Optional is omitted, any error causes the server to
fail startup and doesn't run at all.


This feature gives the admin the ability to control startup errors on
a host-by-host basis.  Since we run our servers with vhosts all configured
as Optional (and that behavior is Apache's default) we could omit the
Optional designator from our configs.  But if a site needs control over
both behaviors they're out of luck

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