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From Andrew Clarke <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] adding SSL - is a distinct virtual host mandatory?
Date Tue, 04 Oct 2005 06:57:44 GMT
On Tue, 04 Oct 2005 16:44, Boyle Owen wrote:
> Just to clear up some apparent confusion on this thread: I think the
> point everyone is missing is that an SSL-encrypted website uses a
> *different protocol* than plain old HTTP. Instead of thinking of SSL as
> some sort of add-on (like mod_perl) to a "normal" website, look carefully
> at the protocol part of the address - it is "https". So, at a network
> level, HTTPS is as distinct from HTTP as FTP or SMTP.
> Once you see that, you should see that obviously it needs a distinct
> TCP/IP socket (ie, IP address and/or port number).

Yes, I can see the need for a separate port, but it's not clear why VH's 
are/must be used to separate off the HTTPS activity on port 443.

As I mentioned on my last reply, I'm hoping that http://myserver and 
https://myserver both work; the first on :80 and the 2nd on :443. Am I 
expecting too much? Is this unpossible?

I've just started on the Virtual Hosts section of the supplied /manual for 
Apache, but alas it's not immediately clear in my head what the options 

> PS - did you install mod_ssl?

Yes; it's in, and the worse message I've received so far in error_log is

[warn] Init: Session Cache is not configured [hint: SSLSessionCache]

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