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Pegasus 2.7



Pegasus 2.7 is released with new WebDAV script written in Lua-5.2.
The sources are in

For those who are new to Pegasus

For those who are new to Pegasus, the installation instructions for Pegasus 2.7 are provided.

Concept of Pegasus is explained in the document "Pegasus — another httpd for Plan 9 —", and you will find other manuals in ver.2.2 documents. Most of them are kept unchanged.

Pegasus is a flexible httpd server. If you want to know more about current Pegasus, you need to read changes after Pegasus 2.2. These changes are in the documents: Pegasus 2.3, Pegasus 2.4, Pegasus 2.5, and Pegasus 2.6

Pegasus 2.7

Changes in specification

some of configuration parameters in /sys/lib/http.conf are gone.
They are

Pegasus 2.7 introduced new protection scheme so that it keeps server response to the legitimate clients.
Authenticated client will not be affected by the protection.
This scheme is necessary to support WebDAV because WebDAV client needs vast numbers of accesses in a second.

WebDAV script

WebDAV script is written in Lua

The advantages

My old WebDAV script was written in Perl. In releasing Pegasus 2.6, I have rewritten the script in Lua, because we have big advantages if we switch the scripting language from Perl to Lua:

You need ...


Look http://plan9.aichi-u.ac.jp/netlib/webappls/webdav_lua/
You will find there:

9lua-5.2 is plan9 extension of Lua-5.2.

You need:


The following statement in the file webdav controls taking log:
	LOG = io.open("/log/webdav.log","a")	-- uncomment if you need log
If you don't want log change the line to
-- LOG = io.open("/log/webdav.log","a")	-- uncomment if you need log
but if you want:
LOG = io.open("/log/webdav.log","a")	-- uncomment if you need log

NB: /log/webdav.log may grow to huge size. So it is wise to comment out unless you need debugging.


In the explanation below, $web is a httpd root* of a user, and host stands for "host", "host:port" or "host/~user".

Note*: look http://plan9/pegasus/eman-2.2/Pegasus.html for the concept of httpd root of Pegasus.


Current configuration parameters are listed below.

#	Remove "#" to set your value if you want to change default vaue
#	Note that
#	1. second field is default value except "myname"
#	2. all unit of time is second

#	files for Pegasus
# base		/usr/web		# base directory for Pegasus
# namespace	/lib/namespace.httpd	# name space configuration
# rewrite		/sys/lib/httpd.rewrite	# system rewrite file

#	currently we have the following parameters that may be required tuning

charset	utf-8	# HTTP header charset specification. The default is latin(iso-8859-1)

## allowbasic		0	# obsolete

# parsetimeout	15	# timeout to parse header (in unit of sec)
# waittimeout1	15	# wait timeout for an non-authenticated client
# waittimeout2	900 # wait timeout for an authenticated client
# alivetimeout	15	# keep alive timeout (in unit of sec)
cgitimeout	20	# timeout for CGI (in unit of sec)
# posttimeout	900	# timeout to get POST data (in unit of sec)
## connectlimit	300	# obsolete
# maxpost1	10	# maximum post data size (in unit of MB) for unauthorized client
# maxpost2	100	# maximum post data size (in unit of MB) for authorized client
# maxconnect	50	# default: max connections by a single remote IP
#maxconnect	0	# if 0, disable max connections check
# obstime		3	# observation time to detect burst access (in unit of sec)
## maxaccess	20	# obsolete
# lockouttime   180	# lockouttime for maxconnect  (in unit of sec)
# contmax	100	# max persistent continuation count for safty


Make a directory $web/log if you take a log. It must be writable by user web.


You need $web/._.locktokens if you want to mount $web/doc onto your local computer.
More generally you need $web/path/._.locktokens if you want to mount $web/path/foo, where path is any path and foo is a directory name.

The directory "._.locktokens" must be writable by user web.


If you want to mount $web/doc onto your local computer with server address
then the following lines are required.
/dav		-	*	/bin/webdav	/dav	/doc
/dav/*		-	*	/bin/webdav	/dav	/doc
You may replace "/dav" by other "/bar" and likewise you may replace "/doc" by "/path/foo". Thus you may have WebDAV storage out of document root.


Protect your WebDAV by password. My example is
arisawa	1ecdd023fbd3c3fe8f63b05827c0d38a	/dav arisawa@hera
where arisawa@hera is my realm and the md5 value is obtained by
	echo -n 'arisawa:arisawa@hera:black cat' | md5sum
for password "black cat".

Tested clients

I am afraid that my testing is not enough.
Please email to me if you found bugs.

OSX 10.8/10.9

OSX client of old version was slow because of incredibly stupid behavior of the client.
Now Apple has fixed this problem. Current webDAV on Mac is acceptable level.


I haven't tried webDAV on Win7 and Win8 yet.

The explanation below is for WinVista.

You need "Software Update for Web Folders (KB907306)" so that Vista WebDAV client gets to work.
Microsoft gave up to support WebDAV as a file system in Vista. The design is degraded from that of WinXP.
However some things are improved:
(1) you need not "?" magic such as

in creating "Network Place".
If you put "?" then Vista fails in creating Network Place.

(2) you need not host name "@host" such as

in your user name.

WinXP and Win2000 should work as has been.