[BlueOnyx:11080] Re: squirrelmail and suPHP

Michael Stauber mstauber at blueonyx.it
Thu Aug 2 12:58:20 PET 2012

Hi Jon,

> I also notice it can not find the username/password so it may be a
> bigger headache then its worth....but would be nice
> FYI admServ still works if log in already

Yeah, I just played with it and released an update to SVN:


It's a triple headache:

a.) Cannot substitute /etc/httpd/conf.d/squirrelmail.conf directly, as
it's owned by the 'squirrelmail' RPM. So I have to bring it aboard as
squirrelmail.conf.bx. Then I cannot copy it, because that would also
cause an RPM conflict during install. But I can 'cat' it. So that's what
I have to do.

b.) If a PHP newer than 5.2 is installed, we get the deprecated
warnings. I added some lines to squirrelmail.conf to suppress these
warnings on the public Apache. But then authentication doesn't work, as
the session stuff is simply not working the same way as Squirrelmail
expects them to work. Can't fix that.

c.) Restarting Apache during a YUM update is always a pain in the ass.
We now have +17.000 5106R's running worldwide. If I release this as a
YUM update, several thousands of them will have a dead Apache as it will
simply not restart right. Even the next Active Monitor won't fix it, as
in the failure case we simply have loads of dead httpd child processes
hanging around (without master process), which are counted as "running".

I'll release it in [BlueOnyx-Testing] now, but I'll most likely not push
it out with the mandatory Apache restart in it, as that has the tendency
to do more harm than good.

With best regards

Michael Stauber

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