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Has anyone got anything good or bad to say about WN, WebFS, or DHTTPD? Or anything else I can compile and run under Woody? How about the old CERN HTTP software?
I have only ever used AOL server, IIS and Apache. Out of those I would recoment apache every time.
Call this post a bump to see if anyone else has any better suggestions for you.
I believe the CERN server is unmaintained (replaced by the W3C Jigsaw server) so it would be a bad choice now for security reasons - and I'm not sure it did HTTP 1.1 anyway.
But, if search engine indexing isn't a concern, then I wouldn't worry about it (though I could also be reading that page wrong that describes the web server...)
If that thttpd only supports http 1.1, you might have some problems with bots being unable to access your content, ...and most (if not all) search engine bots perform GET requests with http 1.0 ;)
It handles HTTP 1.0 requests fine too - it is just the description on the product page that is a bit unclear. No problems for search bots.
Ah, ok - they could make their language a bit more clear, then - if they would like to encourage more folks to adopt their technology (at least, if that is part of their aim...)
I don't think they're too worried about popular acclaim - it's distributed under a BSD license rather than GNU, and it is part of a collection of UNIX freeware created by a guy called Jef Poskanzer. There is quite a load of interesting stuff here (including "the worlds smallest web server" if thttpd is too much for you!):
They describe themselves as: "ACME Laboratories - Purveyors of fine freeware since 1972."!
Can thttpd be made to run PHP scripts?
From the PHP 4.3.2 Release notes [php.net]:
Improvements to thttpd SAPI module.
I think you'll have to build it from source, though - there is no easy install for thttpd, but it should work. (Not that I've ever tried!).