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Apache 1.3.9 Released

Aug 20, 1999, 01:17 (2 Talkback[s])

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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 package.
  • 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 been corrected.
  • Restarts with apache -k on Windows are now honoured immediately, instead of after the system's listen queue is drained.
  • Expect: 100-continue processing has been corrected.
  • 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 mod_vhost_alias).
  • 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 testing.
  • 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 now customisable.

A complete listing with detailed descriptions is provided in the src/CHANGES file.

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.

Apache 1.3.9 is available for download from

Please see the CHANGES_1.3 file in the same directory for a full list of changes.

Binary distributions are available from

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 available.

The source and binary distributions are also available via any of the mirrors listed at

For an overview of new features in 1.3 please see

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 release cycle.

Thank you for using Apache.