Web application policy

Web applications. Mega important. :)

I raised the issue sometime ago. Though since I have been gallivanting across Russia and Asia until now I didn’t do any work in this area.

Only recently I noticed the issue was brought up again by Neil McGovern and a debian-webapps mailing list created.

So back to work.

I really wanted to see the top level directory /web. Mainly because that’s how I have configured my own servers for years and I find it a good solution.

So a little foolishly I spewed out my thoughts on two fronts.

Ok, I concede. ;)

Lets go for the non-consensus /srv/www could be also /srv/physics/www of FHS‘s /srv/www . Though, I still think we should store package files by HTTP_HOST.


I mean everybody has an Apache configuration like this below already, don’t you?

debian$ cat /etc/apache2/sites-available/virtual
NameVirtualHost *

UseCanonicalName    Off
VirtualDocumentRoot /web/%0
#LogFormat "%V %h %l %u %t "%r" %>s %b" vhost_common
#CustomLog /var/log/apache/access_log full
Options All

No messy editing of httpd.conf after a package install!

I still haven’t got my head around the problem. I know about my cases or packages, but I am not sure what type of package files are referred to here. I probably need to work out some examples or test cases and look at the other Web applications in Debian.

Bug #314808 is one to watch.

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