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UNIX: The Complete Reference, Second Edition, 2nd Edition by Richard Rosinski, Douglas Host, Kenneth Rosen, Rachel Klee

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CHAPTER 16The Apache Web Server

An Overview of Web Servers

The World Wide Web (WWW or just web) is based on a client/server model. The client runs browser software that allows you to request information on the web and to browse and navigate through it. The information that you request is stored on a machine called a web server. The function of the web server is to provide (serve) web documents and applications to multiple simultaneous browser clients. The term “web server” is also used to describe the software on the “web server” machine that actually handles the requests for information from web browsers. For the purposes of this chapter, when the term, “web server,” is used, it will be in reference to the web server software program, unless ...

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