Running Apache on Windows Sucks

I’ve made quite a bit of progress on the Apache/Perl project. I now have Apache 1.3.9 and ActiveState Perl running on a Dell Inspiron 7500 laptop. I sure wouldn’t want to run NT as a real web server but it looks like it’s stable enough and fast enough for this job with only the local web browser as a client. One annoyance was having to go through all the scripts to fix little things like path delimiters to work the Microsoft way instead of the right way. If you’ve been fortunate enough not to have encountered a Microsoft OS before, the weird thing about them is that Microsoft chose to use ‘\’ as a path delimiter (instead of ‘/’ like everybody else) and many programming languages (like Perl) use ‘\’ to mark an escape sequence. So a path like /home/http/index.html has to be rewritten as something like e:\\apache\\html\\index.html. It’s good to be nearly finished with this one.

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