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Apache Cookbook: Solutions and Examples for Apache Administrators [Paperback]

by Rich Bowen, Ken Coar
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January 11, 2008 0596529945 978-0596529949 Second Edition

There's plenty of documentation on installing and configuring the Apache web server, but where do you find help for the day-to-day stuff, like adding common modules or fine-tuning your activity logging? That's easy. The new edition of the Apache Cookbook offers you updated solutions to the problems you're likely to encounter with the new versions of Apache.

Written by members of the Apache Software Foundation, and thoroughly revised for Apache versions 2.0 and 2.2, recipes in this book range from simple tasks, such installing the server on Red Hat Linux or Windows, to more complex tasks, such as setting up name-based virtual hosts or securing and managing your proxy server. Altogether, you get more than 200 timesaving recipes for solving a crisis or other deadline conundrums, with topics including:

  • Security
  • Aliases, Redirecting, and Rewriting
  • CGI Scripts, the suexec Wrapper, and other dynamic content techniques
  • Error Handling
  • SSL
  • Performance
This book tackles everything from beginner problems to those faced by experienced users. For every problem addressed in the book, you will find a worked-out solution that includes short, focused pieces of code you can use immediately. You also get explanations of how and why the code works, so you can adapt the problem-solving techniques to similar situations.

Instead of poking around mailing lists, online documentation, and other sources, rely on the Apache Cookbook for quick solutions when you need them. Then you can spend your time and energy where it matters most.


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"The range of recipes is excellent, covering ust about every task you'd be likely to throw at Apache, from complex redirects to performance tweaking and error handling... Apached Cookbook offers a pleasant, highly usable guide which should ensure the smooth, successful running of many a website" - Martin Howse, Linux User & Developer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Rich Bowen has been involved with the Apache Web Server project since 1998, and has written a number of books about it. He works on the web team at Asbury College, where he gets to put into practice a few of the things he writes about. Rich lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

Ken Coar is a member of the Apache Software Foundation, the body that oversees Apache development. He is the author of Apache Server for Dummies (January 1998) and co-author of Apache Server Unleashed (March 2000). Ken has been responsible for fielding email sent to the Apache project, and his experience with that mailing list provided a foundation for this book.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Second Edition edition (January 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596529945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596529949
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recipes for success from two experts April 5, 2004
Format:Paperback
While Apache is possibly the most popular and ubiquitous open source project it is certainly not the most simple. One module alone, mod_rewrite, causes me almost more problems and regex wrestling matches than all other products combined. The `httpd.conf' file is a long and critical one. In these circumstances the Apache Cookbook from O'Reilly might be a godsend. It is certainly a well-written, well-researched volume. Ken Coar has spent many years working on Apache and Rich Bowen has long laboured on the Apache documentation. They both know their stuff -- and if this is an example, both know how to write.
The book has twelve chapters, covering everything from installation and adding modules through to proxies and performance. The chapter on security is the largest, it covers the topics well. By contrast I thought the chapter `Aliases, Redirection and Rewriting' too short and could have benefited from some more `recipes', but that may be due to my own bias - mod_rewrite is not an easy topic, and as I've said it causes me a great deal of grief.
It is laid out in a similar way to the Perl Cookbook: each recipe has a `Problem' section followed by a `Solution' and then `Discussion.' In almost all the `recipes' the `Discussion' is longer than the `Solution,' and I often found it far more useful and informative than the problem and its solution.
The Apache Cookbook covers almost all aspects and all parts of the learning curve for Apache. That will either be a strength or a weakness of this volume for you; with such a large and complex piece of software as Apache a single book cannot hope to cover it in a great deal of depth.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guide your understanding through examples. March 14, 2004
Format:Paperback
Yeah, Apache has thorough documentation at apache.org, and yeah, after 6 or 7 years I've learned a lot by reading through Apache's conf files. But this book does a few things extremely well to make configuration much easier, quicker, and better.
There's good examples - you expect that with a name like "cookbook". But each example is backed-up with excellent explanations and references. The particular problems I've wanted to solve haven't matched the book's examples, but they've been close enough to adapt the solutions to what I've needed.
I've also appreciated how much this book has helped me how to *think* in Apache. Its use of examples and explanations helps to paint a top-down view of Apache, and help me analyze problems methodically instead of hunt-and-peck through a flock of random configuration parameters.
A nice combination of technical know-how, tuturial, and clear writing makes this a darned useful book for me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Apache is the most widely used web server in the world, which is a tribute to everyone who has worked to make it a success. It is also open source, which means that the creators and maintainers largely do their tasks for pride and bragging rights rather than for monetary gain. Ironically, the reservation that most people express over open source is the fear that there will be no one to answer the inevitable questions concerning how to get it to work right.
This book is a collection of problems and solutions to those problems regarding the customization of Apache after it has been installed. Situations such as restricting access to files, installing SSL, dealing with passwords, working with URLs, security issues, logging events and error handling are examined. Each entry starts with the statement of the problem, the command(s) or code to effect a solution and an explanation of the problem and why the commands are a solution. Pointers to additional information such as books and web sites are also listed at the end of each entry. Where applicable, differences between versions 1.3 and 2.0 are described.
Obviously, not every problem that can arise when Apache is running can be covered in a book of 223 pages. Nevertheless, the authors have put together a very valuable collection of over 100 of the most common problems encountered by Apache system administrators. If you are tasked with keeping an Apache server up and serving, then this is a book that you must have. It will also help alleviate the logical reservations you may have about relying on open source software.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good accompaniment to other Apache books April 28, 2004
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As Cookbooks go, this on is fairly decent, although thinner than I expected. There are enough examples in this book to cover pretty much everything you might need to do with Apache or get you started (along with the Apache documentation) if it isn't covered.
Personally I think the first two chapters on installing Apache and adding modules are wasted space. Presumably by the time you're ready for this book, you've already got Apache installed on your servers and are just looking for ways to tweak it.
I would have liked to see a section on SSI (Server side includes...does anybody use those anymore?) and maybe some more mod_rewrite stuff.
This book will probably be most useful to novice and intermediate Apache administrators who are comfortable with messing around in httpd.conf, but need to refer back to the online docs now and then. Advanced Apache administrators probably won't find much new or useful in this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The book is just too old
This book was published in November 2003, ten years ago. It covers Apache 1.4 and 2.0; the latest Apache release (as of December 2013) is 2.4.7. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Simpson
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much help if your topic isn't covered
I didn't get much out of this book. I'm new to Apache and was hoping for more info on how to configure and secure Apache. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Apache Cookbook: Solutions and Examples for Apache Administrators
The book descriptor lists Apache ver. 2.0, and 2.2. The Kindle e-book I recieved covers ver. 1.3 and 2.0. (As I'm trying to set up ver 2.2, I'm a bit miffed. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Glen Fodale
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking with Apache
The Apache Cookbook is a must have for anyone considering running their own Apache web server. It covers every major feature of Apache and does so without giving too information to... Read more
Published on September 2, 2008 by Joseph A. Nagy Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Apache Resource
Some of the reviews for 'Apache Cookbook: Solutions and Examples for Apache Administrators' have stated that this book is a little too basic and simple for Apache administrators... Read more
Published on May 2, 2008 by Dan McKinnon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource!
Apache Cookbook is a great resource on various best-practice tips and tricks on how to setup and run Apache HTTP server day to day. Read more
Published on April 27, 2008 by Aleksandar Gargenta
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too basic for me
Beware that several of the cool sounding recipes you might see in the table of contents are tricks; once you actually turn to the correct page to see how the author has managed to... Read more
Published on April 25, 2008 by HugeStakkaBoFan
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for web masters
I read this book about a year ago and recently re-read it. Coar and Bowen provide an excellent pragmatic approach to taking care of common Apache administration tasks. Read more
Published on February 20, 2006 by Abe Usher
1.0 out of 5 stars Not beginner friendly
The kind of solutions this book gives are not aimed at someone like me, new and uncertain when it comes to linux. Read more
Published on September 7, 2005 by J. M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for an Apache Administrator
On a similar note, I have the book, and have found it very useful at work over the past few weeks as some of our servers have been migrated from apache 1.3 to 2. Read more
Published on March 8, 2004 by John Beimler
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