NetLoony Basic Features

Basic Features
 • Basic Functions
 • Configuration Controls
 • Help Functions

• Basic Functions

Version Information is found at the top of the application in "( )" brackets after the word GUI:

The above example shows that it is version number one, of the fourth quarter of 1999. When a new quarter is entered, the version number goes back to one again.

Main Options are located at the top of the application.

The Configuring: tab text colour changes according to whether an element is enable or disabled (commented or uncommented) within the Apache configuration file. Blue text means it is enabled, and red text means it is disabled. This acts as a reminder that all command saved within a disabled (commented) element will also default to disabled.

NetLoony Controls

These are controls to manage the NetLoony application.

Option Description
File and Directory locations that are required to run NetLoony
Support function which contains program error information
About the program, Look and Feel settings and System Information

Command Locator

This is located at the bottom of the application and is used to show:

  1. What commands are supported by NetLoony.

  2. Where the command is located within the GUI.

If you select a command from this list, the program will take you straight to that command. If the program appears to do nothing, it means the command is either not relevant for that section, or you are already at the correct location.

• Configuration Controls

Section Directives

Sections are what we call the following directives:

As you may or may not know, these directives can contain further directives to control the access or behaviour of certain parts of your web site, or how the Apache server behaves according to its environment. These sections are represented by the following display:

Here you can see the structure of these directives and how they are nested within each other. Please note, these are not necessarily displayed in the same order as they appear in your configuration file.

The add, delete and rename buttons do exactly what they say. The status button, changes the status of the section directive (and all the directives within it) to or from enabled and disabled states.

Command Directives

All NetLoony commands are standard Apache directives, except for the SSL which require an additional module from or All these directives have been categorised within the following sections:

Control of HTTP headers
Response to server errors
Miscellaneous server actions that could not be categorised
Control of Mime-Types and Mime-Type usage
Server connection control
Allocation or restriction of resources
File and Directory structure, such as aliases and auto-indexing options
Control of Apache modules, includes dynamic use
Basic server settings, including virtual servers
Logging and reporting configuration
Basic server access options
Common Gateway Interface and Server Side Includes configuration
Server control, performance information, syntax verification etc.
Caching server configuration.
Secure Socket Layer configuration - requires third-party module
Selected Resource Information
AccessFileNames (often named .htaccess) configuration

For users new to Apache, this layout is very easy to quickly obtain an understanding of what commands do what type of task. For the more experienced user, the command locator can take them straight to the command required, instantly.

• Help Functions

The NetLoony help function is a little different to most help facilities. This one follows you around, in Follow-ME mode, while you are configuring settings, so the help is always just a glance away and automatically showing you the required information.

Quick Help

This gives a very brief description of the command selected. It is fast to use in Follow-ME mode, but the information provided is minimum.

Apache Documentation

This displays the full Apache release HTML documentation which is provided with Apache HTTP server distributions. This documentation is excellent as a reference and as a tutorial, but can be slow to use in Follow-ME mode.

NetLoony Basic Features