The Apache Group is pleased to announce the release of version
1.3.9 of the Apache HTTP server.
This new Apache version incorporates over 130 significant
improvements to the server. Apart from portability and security
fixes, documentation enhancements, performance improvements, and
assorted other minor features or fixes notable changes are:
A new experimental digest authentication module, compatible
with the latest digest-auth standards, has been added to the base
The expat XML parser has been added to allow
modules to deal with XML if necessary.
The processing on Windows of basic authentication passwords in
mod_auth password files has been fixed. In addition,
the SHA1 encoding algorithm has been added to those available and
known to htpasswd, and passwords on Windows may be
longer than the inadvertent 1.3.6 limit of 8 characters.
Several problems with mod_access and CIDR
addresses have been fixed.
Support has been added or enhanced for Tandem, TPF, and the
Macintosh OS X platforms.
Some processing of Vary response header fields has
Restarts with apache -k on Windows are now
honoured immediately, instead of after the system's listen queue is
Expect: 100-continue processing has been
Script errors on Windows are now copied to the server's error
log if the scripts fail; this is closer to the Unix behaviour.
Mass-vhosting has been added (see the documentation for module
The server no longer automatically checks for the existence of
a valid DocumentRoot for all virtual hosts; this was
imposing a significant startup penalty on systems with numerous
vhosts. The default behaviour has changed to not
performing this check, but it can be re-enabled by specifying the
-t command line option for full configuration
apache -S on Windows now exits properly after
completing the configuration testing.
SetEnvIf* directives can now test the values of
environment variables as well as request attributes. In addition,
the request protocol and level (e.g.,
"HTTP/1.1") can now be tested.
ReadmeName and HeaderName files (mod_autoindex)
are now server-parsable and accessible with MultiViews.
AddDescription directives now behave as documented
with regard to partial filename matches.
The name of the cookie used by mod_usertrack is
A complete listing with detailed descriptions is provided in the
We consider Apache 1.3.9 to be the best version of Apache
available and we strongly recommend that users of older versions,
especially of the 1.1.x and 1.2.x family, upgrade as soon as
possible. No further releases will be made in the 1.2.x family.
As of Apache 1.3.9 binary distributions contain all standard
Apache modules as shared objects (if supported by the platform) and
include full source code. Installation is easily done by executing
the included install script. See the README.bindist and
INSTALL.bindist files for a complete explanation. Please note that
the binary distributions are only provided for your convenience and
current distributions for specific platforms are not always
The source and binary distributions are also available via any
of the mirrors listed at
In general, Apache 1.3 offers several substantial improvements
over version 1.2, including better performance, reliability and a
wider range of supported platforms, including Windows 95/98 and NT
(which fall under the "Win32" label).
Apache is the most popular web server in the known universe;
over half of the servers on the Internet are running Apache or one
of its variants.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR WIN32 USERS: Over the
years, many users have come to trust Apache as a secure and stable
server. It must be realized that the current Win32 code has not yet
reached these levels and should still be considered to be of beta
quality. Any Win32 stability or security problems do not impact, in
any way, Apache on other platforms. With the continued donation of
time and resources by individuals and companies, we hope that the
Win32 version of Apache will grow stronger through the 1.3.x
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