Archive | October, 2007

Turbo charging your Apache

The importance of the evolution of the open source web server Apache cannot be exaggerated. Apart from its zillion features and many installations world wide, it helps to keep a very fundamental part of the Internet open (as opposed to closed). There are countless of HOWTO:s, FAQs, and guides for this wonderful piece of software.

One very minor information resource for Apache is the Wiki. Although I’ve been using Apache for close to ten years, I didn’t find the Wiki until today; it’s staring me in the face when I go to the Apache Foundation’s website.

Some examples of useful “articles”:

Disable Image Hot Linking
http://wiki.apache.org/httpd/DisableImageHotLinking

Canonical HostNames
http://wiki.apache.org/httpd/CanonicalHostNames

Map URIs corresponding to existing files to a handler instead
http://wiki.apache.org/httpd/RewriteVirtualHandler

Privilege separation
http://wiki.apache.org/httpd/DifferentUserIDsUsingReverseProxy

These aren’t the only useful resources for Apache of course, but there are some cute tricks on the Wiki that you may find useful.

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