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Apache Administrator's Handbook [Paperback]

Rich Bowen , Daniel Lopez Ridruejo , Allan Liska
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Book Description

March 22, 2002 0672322749 978-0672322747 1

The Apache Web server runs more than 55 percent of the sites on the Internet, making it the number one Web server, and more widely used than all other Web server combined. Apache 2.0 is the first majore release of Apache since its inception, and represents a complete change in Apache architecture--one requiring that administrators and developers learn new procedures and techniques for configuring and maintaining the Apache server.

Apache Administrator's Handbook is a practical hands-on guide to the installation, configuration, and administration of the Apache Web server. It will show you how to build and configure Apache with the features and modules you need, how to seucre the server, how to interpret log files, and how to tune the server's performance. While aimed primarily at Apache server administrators, the book also contains information for developers interested in building dynamic Web sites on top of the Apache server using either CGI or mod_perl.

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Most web sites run on Apache servers, so the recent release of Apache 2.0 means that administrators need to brush up on their skills. While this book aims to serve both upgraders and newbies, it will best help those with some previous background. Administrators will appreciate explanations and comparisons that show not only how to configure and manage the server but also the reasons to take certain paths for security, compatibility, or ease of use. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Rich Bowen has been running Apache since the initial public release, and was running NCSA HTTPd before that. Rich has been contributing to the Apache documentation project for about two years, and has written a number of tutorials for the Apache docs. You can see the Apache documentation, which is the result of the efforts of a large group of documentation writers, at

Rich is the CTO of Cooper McGregor, Inc, in Wilmore, Kentucky. Cooper McGregor specializes in Apache training and services, offering training courses on the Apache Server, Web application development in mod_perl and CGI, and a variety of consulting and support services for Apache and related technologies, including technical support for the Apache Server itself. Cooper McGregor can be found on the Web at

Rich is a founding member, and Education Director, of the Lexington Professional Linux Users Group (, a professional organization dedicated to the promotion of Open Source technology, and Linux in particular, in the Lexington area.

Rich has spoken about Apache at a variety of conferences, including ApacheCon, Comdex, and the O'Reilly Open Source Software Convention.

You can reach Rich with questions, comments, errata, and kudos at

Allan Liska is a senior network engineer with WorldCom's hosting division. He has more than five years experience in the hosting industry, and is actively involved in the Apache Documentation Project. He likes spending his spare time with his wife, Roseanne, and collecting autographs from technology luminaries.

Daniel Lotilde pez Ridruejo is a senior developer with Covalent Technologies, Inc., which provides Apache software, support, and services for the enterprise. He is the author of several popular Apache and Linux guides and of Comanche, a GUI configuration tool for Apache. Daniel is a regular speaker at open source conferences such as LinuxWorld, ApacheCon, and O'Reilly OSCON. He holds an Ms. Sc. in communications engineering from the University of Seville and Denmark Technical University. Daniel is a member of the Apache Group.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (March 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672322749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672322747
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots Of Good Information August 28, 2002
Knowing little about web servers and nothing about Apache, I was looking for some detailed help installing and configuring Apache. The online docs were no help. I needed something that would explain, at a basic level, what needed to be done to get Apache going.
I found this book very helpful in setting up my server. It covered everything about installing and configuring Apache. Config files were explained in detail. Integration with perl and php were wll covered. I also found the chapters on Security and logging helpful as well.
This book is geared toward Unix servers but also contains specific information for the Win32 crowd. I highly recommend this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not That spectacular April 14, 2005
The book was alright, nothing spectacular. Everything appears to be beyond the scope of the book. I got more information from a one page online article, than I got in this entire book. Yes, yes I've been using apache for quite some time; I'm not a newbie by any means. I just felt it could have been written better, and with more detail, among other things. If you need a reference of some of the things apache could do, and how to do it this book is alright, but if you're looking for a complete reference, this is not it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for a newbie November 30, 2009
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I'm finding this book to be a great help to be introduced to the Apache Server. I'm using it for a class and have found it to be a great piece along with my lectures. It is a little outdated, but the concepts are still good, so that helps. Plus the author adds a bit of humor, which is nice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book on Apache for Admins and Developers January 12, 2004
Whether you're a System Admin or Developer, the Apache Administrator's Handbook will help you understand how to build and administer Apache, as well as help you understand how it works. I've read many books on Apache, and this is by far, one of the best.
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