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Re: Apache and cookies

From: Ben Laurie <ben@gonzo.ben.algroup.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 1996 17:10:35 +0100 (BST)
To: robh@imdb.com
Cc: koen@win.tue.nl, http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <9609261710.aa11317@gonzo.ben.algroup.co.uk>
Rob Hartill wrote:
> 
> Koen Holtman wrote:
> >
> >
> >I recently started using the `show an alert before accepting a cookie'
> >option in NetScape 3.0, and found that many Apache servers on the net
> >wanted to send me a cookie.  I asked a local Apache (1.0.3) server
> >operator why his server was trying to tag a cookie on me (which is
> >considered extremely rude by Dutch standards).  He was not aware that
> >it did; he did not even know what a cookie was.
> >
> >Question: Does Apache send cookies in its default configuration?
> 
> No, but it's long been known that people have mistakenly included
> the mod_cookies *optional* module thinking that it enables cookie support
> in Apache. It doesn't (you don't need a module to do it). What this
> module does is enable a site to log a user's click path through a site.
> 
> People haven't bothered to check what the modules actually do, they
> make assumptions based on the names.

Also, I seem to recall that in 1.0.x the mere presence of mod_cookies turned
them on, without requiring a directive of any sort. I believe this is fixed in
1.2 and possibly also in 1.1.

Note that 1.2 is currently pre-beta.

Cheers,

Ben.

> 
> The module has been renamed for the next release.
> 
> -- 
> Rob Hartill (robh@imdb.com)    
> http://www.imdb.com/  ... why wait for a clear night to see the stars?.
> 

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