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No more butterlithies!
on 4 August 1999
(Disclaimer:this applies to the first edition. Maybe the second one sorts out these problems, I hope!)
It is strange to say that an oreilly book is actually not very informative, but that is certainly the case with this one.
The wordy and messy style of writing, makes it very stressful to correct what are sometimes critical problems (Ie, a site is not configured properly or when it's gone down). The examples do not seem to apply to real world problems, and although the writers seem to have a very good grasp of what it's all about, unfortunately, they don't teach it well.
I'm relieved to have bought the Apache Server Bible instead. Perhaps now the two books can complement each other, and I can find quick tips and help from that bigger manual, leaving the o'reilly book for when there is time to have a slow read.