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From Tomas Hulek <thu...@cz.ibm.com>
Subject config/5099: common problems on Windows NT not described in documentation
Date Mon, 04 Oct 1999 16:31:17 GMT

>Number:         5099
>Category:       config
>Synopsis:       common problems on Windows NT not described in documentation
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    apache
>State:          open
>Class:          doc-bug
>Submitter-Id:   apache
>Arrival-Date:   Mon Oct  4 09:40:01 PDT 1999
>Originator:     thulek@cz.ibm.com
>Release:        1.3.9
Windows NT - precompiled binaries
I believe that many people using Windows NT would have much easier time (and would fall in
love with Apache sooner) if the installation, documentation and sample configuration would
show how to avoid the most common problems.

Almost everyone on Windows NT will run into these problems:

1) The directive setting 'ScriptInterpreterSource registry' is almost always needed, yet this
directive is neither mentioned in default httpd.conf, nor in the 'htdocs\manual\windows.html'

It takes quite some time for the newcomer to Apache to discover what is wrong with CGI programs
not using sheebang.

2) I understand that there are reasons for CGI scripts not to inherit automatically all environmental
vars from the server.  However, the variables that are inherited by default almost never enough.

Ideally, there should be a note in the windows.html document and in the default httpf.conf
how to pass on other vars.

For example, things like CLASSPATH, TEMP, TMP will be needed by almost everyone.
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