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2005\02\23@061251 by Russell McMahon

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As time permits I'm beginning to delve into the new (to me) world of
the Apache server. I find it hard to even start to find information on
even simple things as it's often hard to phrase the question
correctly. I know there are more appropriate forums for Apache
questions and I'll have to find some. So/but 3 questions:

1.    Can anyone recommend any good user friendly groups/forums/... to
ask silly questions on re Apache. (Google will direct me generally but
friendliness/usefulness is not so easy to determine).

2.    Anyone here interested in fielding a few newbie Apache questions
from me occasionally - anyone silly enough to volunteer probably
should answer offlist.

3.    Sample silly question which I can't find an answer to in the
documentation because the words I use don't match the search engine's
ideas of what I should be saying :-).

When looking at an Apache directory you get

   icon
   File name
   last modified
   size
   description

i    Only the first 20 characters of the file name are shown followed
by "..".
On other Apache screens people are displaying far longer file names.
How do I alter this setting?
(I've searched all apparently relevant Apache documents (and many that
weren't), read all the comments in the conf file (very interesting and
scary), Googled widely and grep'd all Apache files for "20".)
For photos, my file names tend to look like "040322 Berlin - Russian
Tanks - Checkpoint Charlie - Roller bladers.eml"

ii    If you "hover" over the icon a window appears with "[ ]" in it.
It SEEMS that it has the capability to display additional information
here. Is that it's purpose and how do I enter information on a per
file bases. Similarly what is the purpose of the "description" field
and how do I enter data in it on a per file basis. (Research suggests
that one of these at least is for a general description based only on
file type).

Having fun, but I can't afford the time to have this much fun at
present :-)

All elucidations gratefully received.


       Russell McMahon

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PS: Anyone who's got this far MAY be interested in a few images of my
early "Random Photos" and "Big Photos" emails.
I'd be interested in how well the email images display.

       http://russell.servepics/atw/

FWIW, you should also get the same things at

       http://russell.servebeer/atw/

I'm actually a teetotaller BUT it's a much more memorable address for
most people - and it's free :-)

NOTE !!!! - uplink speed is 128 kpbs and BigPhotos are 528 kB to 1.6
MB so loading times will be slowish.
RandomPhotos are typically 40kB - 200 kB .

Is there some way to persuade the system to lodge such files in an
internet cache (proxy or whatever) so multiple requests get much
faster responses?





2005\02\23@065223 by Hulatt, Jon

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I don't know of a good forum site to help you. But regarding the
directory listing configuration you're asking about, you'll find all you
need to know here:-
http://httpd.apache.org/docs-2.0/mod/mod_autoindex.html

Apache Server itself, on it's own, doesn't do the hugest amount. You
extend it's functionality using "mods". The above is the autoindex mod.
In particular, look at the IndexOptions directive.

Be careful with this module; it's fairly easy to totally kill the
performance of your server with it!!

Jon

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2005\02\23@065348 by Russell McMahon

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> As time permits I'm beginning to delve into the new (to me) world of
...


> PS: Anyone who's got this far MAY be interested in a few images of
> my

Done it again - left ".com" out !!!!!

Addresses should be

>        http://russell.servepics.com/atw/
>        http://russell.servebeer.com/atw/


       RM

2005\02\23@081743 by Russell McMahon

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>I don't know of a good forum site to help you. But regarding the
> directory listing configuration you're asking about, you'll find all
> you
> need to know here:-
> http://httpd.apache.org/docs-2.0/mod/mod_autoindex.html
>
> Apache Server itself, on it's own, doesn't do the hugest amount. You
> extend it's functionality using "mods". The above is the autoindex
> mod.
> In particular, look at the IndexOptions directive.


Superb - that told me exactly what I wanted. Many thanks.

My understanding is that standard modules which come with the
distribution are essentially part of the system - but you can add
others as required.

Adding

   NameWidth=*

to the existing IndexOptions directive line was all that was required.


       RM



2005\02\23@084425 by jrem

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I can field a few apache questions, here or at spam_OUTmeTakeThisOuTspamjrem.com

you need to dig through the config file and review all of the notes, it
takes a while to get used to all of the settings.  In there somewhere
is the column size setup, I don't have it in front of me.  Keep in mind
that apache needs to be restarted after you make changes and save the
config file.

Regards, John.


--- Russell McMahon <.....apptechKILLspamspam@spam@paradise.net.nz> wrote:

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2005\02\23@091144 by Russell McMahon

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>I can field a few apache questions, here or at mespamKILLspamjrem.com

Thanks

> you need to dig through the config file and review all of the notes,
> it
> takes a while to get used to all of the settings.  In there
> somewhere
> is the column size setup,

I did. It was totally non-intuitive and not covered by the notes.
But totally simple once I found the right document to read. May have
to read them all !!!.


       RM


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