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"Apache, a freeware program, is one of the most popular server software used on the UNIX platform. The aim of this book is to show web administrators how to properly set up the Apache server.

"The first three chapters are a tutorial on how to set up web sites - using virtual hosting & Apache. The rest of the book covers the following subjects:

Common Gateway Interface (CGI) Authentication Content & Language Arbitration Indexing Redirection Proxy Servers Server-Side Includes Logs The Apache API Writing Apache Modules Security

"Also included with the book is a cd-rom. The cd includes Apache, versions 1.1.1 & 1.2b; the HTTP/1.0 & 1.1 specs; the CGI/1.1 specs; gzip version 1.24; and the sites referred to in the book. However, the authors suggest that you download Apache from www.apache.org, as it's likely to be a more current version than the one included with the book. But you can compile and install Apache from the included cd-rom.

"It's obvious that the authors know Apache very well. In fact, Ben Laurie is a member of the core Apache group. The authors state that they expect most people who read this book to have used the World Wide Web and to understand how it works. I qualify for that part! Then they go on to say they expect readers are now thinking about running their own server.

"I'm not thinking about running my own server - especially after reading this book. However, I rent space on two servers - one locally for my own site & one for the purpose of reselling web space. Both servers are powered by Apache. So it couldn't hurt to learn a little about the software & what it can do.

"The Lauries take you from installing Apache through running secure, virtual host web sites. There are demonstrations you can duplicate using your own equipment. Along the way, they also try to alert you to all the dangers inherent in running a server and what you can do to avoid or bypass them.

"Where this book really shines is in the details. Apache is controlled through roughly 150 directives. As far as I can tell, they're all covered in minute detail. For each directive, the syntax, where it is used, & an explanation is provided. This is, in fact, the bulk of the book.

Conclusion

"Although this book is highly informative & well written, I could not set up a web server after reading it. So if you know a little about the web, and think you'll just read this book to set up your own server, think again.

"On the other hand, if you're more familiar with the requirements of running a server - how to connect to the Internet, security questions, how domain hosting works, etc - and you want free software to set up your server - this book is for you."

--CompuNotes, August 1997