email@example.com wrote on 02/24/2006 01:40:41 PM:
> On 2/24/06, Mark Phippard <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > What they told us is that they generally only ported what they needed
> > support the httpd port. We were the first people to ever contact them
> > about using APR and porting other code to the iSeries. They have been
> > fairly responsive to us, the reality though is that they are IBM and a
> > programmer does not have the authority to just do "what is right"
> > having some higher-level grant budgetary approval. So we point these
> > things out to them and they apologize and put them on their list. They
> > have fixed and added several things for us.
> The weird part is that IBM was one of the companies that helped to
> create APR, their engineers (while working on Apache2) were
> instrumental in getting it off the ground. It's a wonderful "left
> hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing" situation.
Apache 1.3 never could have run on OS/400, so I know that they worked
closely with the Apache2 team, at least initially. OS/400 was running an
officially supported version of Apache2 for at least 18 months before it
was GA. When this was happening, they were highly promoting this to the
OS/400 community which is why it came a such a surprise to me when their
code was not in the APR repository.
> I doubt it'll happen, but I agree it would be nice. This isn't the
> only time this sort of thing has happened by the way, there's an HP
> internal port of APR to OpenVMS that has never seen the light of day
> either, as far as I can tell. I'd love it if these companies would
> work with the APR community to get their changes into the actual APR
> source tree, but I suspect they're too set in their ways.
When I met with IBM on the issue they said it was purely a
budgetary/resource decision. Someone decided it would cost too much money
to cleanup the code and go through the process. I was really surprised
they were willing to make this UTF-8 change, so maybe things will get
better. I have to think they could reevaluate their whole porting effort
for httpd and realize they could probably start over and do less work.
Maybe when they move to 2.2 they will look at options like this.
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