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"Michael Stewart (vericgar)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Stabilization of new-style Apache
Wed, 07 Sep 2005 18:48:06 -0700
The Gentoo Apache Team is pleased to announce the stabilizing of package
updates that have been in the works for over a year. Some of the major
- New configuration and configuration locations to more closely match
upstream and reduce confusion for users coming from other
- Modules now use a centralized eclass that builds, installs, and
displays standard information on enabling the module. This allows
easier maintenance of existing modules, and allows us to more rapidly
develop ebuilds for modules that are not yet in the tree.
- Expanded USE flags to let you choose which MPM is compiled.
- A new gentoo-webroot that will eventually provide a gentoo-themed
icon-set, error documents, and default website. This has been put in
it's own package, and includes a USE-flag to not install the
gentoo-webroot into /var/www/localhost - useful if you put your own
- And much more, including the fixing of many many bugs.
These changes will stabilized on Sunday, September 18th. These changes
have been throughly tested and given a thumbs up by many many users.
They also allow you to use the new php (including support for php5)
ebuilds when they become fully available.
Because of these changes and improvements, when you upgrade to the new
revision of Apache, you will need to take care of some things. These are
fully documented in our Upgrading Apache document , but in
summary, this is what you will need to do:
- Merge any customizations that you have made to the Apache
configuration into the new configuration at /etc/apache2/httpd.conf
(The configuration file location has changed). Note that the init
script for apache checks for a configuration in the old location and
refuses to start if you haven't moved/removed it - this is to avoid
the possibility of moving to a configuration that isn't right for
- Update any modules that you used to revisions that support the new
eclass. Older modules will not work due to location changes.
- Restart Apache
We have done our best to make it easy to migrate, but if you have
problems, feel free to visit us in #gentoo-apache on irc.freenode.net or
on our mailing list email@example.com and we'll be glad to
The Gentoo Apache Team
Michael Stewart firstname.lastname@example.org
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