Many webapps in Fedora require httpd instead of webserver

Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at
Fri Jul 30 14:10:42 UTC 2010

On Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 10:19:08AM +0200, Felix Kaechele wrote:
> Hi there,
> I had a short glimpse at the review request for dojo (#609817) today and
> saw that it explicitly requires httpd. Well, dojo is a collection of
> static JavaScript files so I feel that there is no reason why it should
> require httpd explicitly as I don't see what special features of Apache
> it needs.
> That led me to run a repoquery --whatrequires httpd and from that I
> found out that many webapps that we package in Fedora explicitly require
> httpd. In Fedora we have a meta-provides 'webserver' that should be used
> instead. Especially if there is no real reason to explicitly use httpd
> instead.
> But as many of those webapps bring their own Apache configuration files
> for an out of the box experience I wonder how we could remedy this.
> Lighttpd and nginx for example have a conf.d directory, too, and maybe
> we could move webserver specific configuration to subpackages. Cherokee,
> unfortunately, lacks such option at the moment.
> Any comments or ideas on this topic?
Does it have apache config files?

I still don't know that that is justification for requiring httpd instead of
webserver, but it might add a little bit to the conversation.

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