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Small web server for the Hurd

From: Richard Braun
Subject: Small web server for the Hurd
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2015 01:01:09 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)


It looks like some changes in the past months have increased the
severity of some bugs apache is having when spawning CGIs, resulting
in unkillable processes and the freezing of the parent apache process.
This had the effect of making the darnassus.sceen.net server almost
unusable publicly.

Since I don't have the time to hunt that bug, I decided to replace the
web server, and unfortunately, the already packaged ones are either non
fonctional, or don't build on the Hurd.

As a result, I have packaged the small thttpd web server, or more
precisely, its sthttpd fork. The result is available at the darnassus
git repository [1]. The Debian stuff I did is certainly not perfect and
I welcome patches. Binary and source packages are also available from
my Debian repository (which still uses the legacy format) :

deb http://ftp.sceen.net/debian-hurd-i386 experimental/
deb-src http://ftp.sceen.net/debian-hurd-i386 experimental/

The only negative consequence I can see is that URLs that relied on
URL rewriting are now invalid, since it's not implemented by this
web server.

Richard Braun

[1] http://darnassus.sceen.net/gitweb/

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