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Re: Apache and cookies

From: Rob Hartill <robh@imdb.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 1996 16:51:24 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <199609261551.QAA02699>
To: Koen Holtman <koen@win.tue.nl>
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com, koen@win.tue.nl
X-Mailing-List: <http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com> archive/latest/1643
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.

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?.
Received on Thursday, 26 September 1996 09:29:21 UTC

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