Gentoo Archives: gentoo-web-user

From: "Michael Stewart (vericgar)" <vericgar@g.o>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o, gentoo-server@l.g.o, gentoo-web-user@l.g.o, gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-web-user] Stabilization of new-style Apache
Date: Thu, 08 Sep 2005 01:50:12
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
changes include:

 - 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
   website there.
 - 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 [1], 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
   your machine.
 - 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 or
on our mailing list gentoo-web-user@g.o and we'll be glad to

The Gentoo Apache Team


Michael Stewart                                     vericgar@g.o
Gentoo Developer              

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