Note that this script is not maintained anymore.
It hasn't been tested with PHP4 - it will probably not work there
httpmanage is a PHP3 tool that provides functions
to manage two versions of WWW files. It's a great help
if you are often updating some, but not all, pages on a webserver or if
you are not the only person working on the files.
With httpmanage you can easily upload files from your development
server to the online server, make diffs between these versions and keep a changelog
for every file. You can also give files a certain state, e.g.
"in development", "ready for upload" etc. All these functions
are very easy to use - they are accessible via links shown in
your HTML/PHP files.
Download httpmanage 0.4.3 (2000-05-18), 33kB
Please note that for security reasons you should only run
this on a trusted development server, which also means you should
have control over all files in your webroot. Also note
that there's probably no reason to install it on both the
development server and the online server. It's only intended for
your development server.
This software is provided under the GPL, see file
Every file that includes admin.php3 will show these links (* = requires database).
Click the links to see what's happening (these are static HTML pages for
demonstration only, so some commands are not linked. This doesn't show the latest
version but you should get the idea):
online: /testsite/httpmanage_html/index.html in project 'httpmanage'
change state* /
put online /
check syntax /
get online version /
preview dev /
view online /
diff dev/online /
There are some very serious security issues:
- Only use it on a trusted server. Configure $ips in a way only
trusted people will have access to the program, since user input
(e.g. filenames) is not checked.
- You should change the default password for accessing the database
- Your webserver and PHP usually run as user wwwrun or similar. If you put
files online with scp, wwwrun must have access to the private
ssh key. The key also mustn't have a password. If you use
cp to put files online, wwwrun must have write access to the
files on the online server. wwwrun's homedir may default
to /tmp. It's probably no good idea to save an ssh key in
- admin.php3 needs a time limit of more than 30 seconds
if you do things that take more time, e.g. uploading several
big files a once. For this, you can increase
max_execution_time in your php3.ini. The other
way is to set safe_mode = Off so admin.php3 (and any
other PHP script) can increase its execution time itself.
- a webserver (tested with Apache 1.3.9)
- PHP3 (tested with 3.0.12)
- optional: MySQL (tested with 3.22.27) or PostgreSQL (tested with 6.5.1)
Installation on development server
(Note: You can omit the parts with the database if you set $usedb = 0
in admin.php3. Some functions will not be accessible then.)
Set up the database tables:
change the password and username in httpmanage.mysql. After that:
mysqladmin -u root -p create httpmanage
mysql httpmanage -u root -p <httpmanage.sql
su - postgres
createuser httpmanage (answer yes to the "create database" question)
psql -u httpmanage
\i httpmanage.psql (this imports the table definitions)
There are several ways to set a password, see pg_hba.conf.
Restart the database, e.g. like this:
/etc/rc.d/init.d/mysql restart or /etc/rc.d/init.d/postgres restart
Untar httpmanage-0.x.tar.gz somewhere in your webroot. Adapt the configuration in
and phplib/local.inc to your needs. Make sure the
directory tmp is writeable by the user your PHP scripts run under.
Now you have to include admin.php3 to all the files you want
to manage. There are several ways to do this (thanks to Ulrich Babiak for
pointing out the not so stupid ways):
- The most elegant solution is probably to use
mod_layout for Apache.
It can append admin.php3 to any file, no matter if it's PHP, HTML or even CGI.
- You can set auto_append_file in your php3.ini, so
admin.php3 will get appended to any PHP file when it
- Maybe you already have a PHP include in every
page? Then you can just add include("admin.php3"); in that
include (you'll have to use the correct path, of course).
- If you need control over the exact position of the
include, you'll have to touch every page and add
the include by hand, still setup_include.pl can help you
to automate this. You'll need to modify your httpd.conf
like this (for PHP style includes):
AddType application/x-httpd-php3 .html
...or like this (for SSI style includes):
AddType text/html .shtml
AddHandler server-parsed .shtml
Also make sure that Options in <Directory>
contains at least Includes.
If you use ssh/scp to upload/download files you must have run ssh/scp
at least once as user wwwrun (or whatever your PHP scripts run under, e.g. nobody),
so the server you connect to is in wwwrun/nobody's known_hosts file.
Now you're ready to test it: Go to one of the files that
includes admin.ph3 and you should see all the links that httpmanage
provides. If it doesn't work, there's probably a problem with one of the
three files where configuration takes place. Try to set $usedb = 0 (in admin.php3)
to see if the problem is database related.
Installation on online server
You don't have to install anything on the online server.
You only have to make sure that the included file doesn't do
any harm, i.e. it mustn't show up for the user. If the
paths to admin.php3 are the same on the development server
and on the online server, you may want to put up admin-online.php3
as admin.php3. It gets included but doesn't do/show anything.
- I cannot use diff, PHP says "no route to host".
- Maybe you are forced to use a proxy? Unfortunately,
PHP has no proxy support. You'll have to wait for a a future
version of httpmanage that supports a diff on files it gets
via scp (or try to add it yourself, it's not difficult).
For a more complete list of changes see the comments in the program itself.
Release Notes for 0.4.3 / Changes compared to 0.4.2:
- fixed a typo that made it impossible to upload several files at once
Release Notes for 0.4.2 / Changes compared to 0.4.1:
Release Notes for 0.4.1 / Changes compared to 0.4:
- small bugfixes (wrong links)
Release Notes for 0.4 / Changes compared to 0.3:
- I recommend to update to this version because of
a security fix (the temporary file issue - now the
system wide /tmp directory isn't used anymore)
- PostgreSQL can be used instead of MySQL (thanks to PHPLib)
- bug fixes and cleanups
- an improved diff command can now optionally ignore
the differences between \n and \r\n line endings
- Please see the script itself for known problems (admin.php3).
Release Notes for 0.3:
- If you upgrade from an older version, you have to add a new database
mysql httpmanage_x --user=httpmanage -p -e "ALTER TABLE files ADD date datetime"
where httpmanage_x is the name of your database.
- If you have several projects with different configurations, use one
database for each project
- Since uploading several files might take more than 30 seconds, which is
the default time limit, you may need to set safe_mode = Off in your php3.ini.
See security section.
- To see what's TODO, see the script itself (admin.php3).
- Changes against 0.2:
handle any type of file (images, sounds, just anything in your webroot);
warn if a file with state 'online' has been changed after the latest upload;
form to give username and comment for upload; upload several files at once;
no more index.html (now included in admin.php3); fixes and minor cleanups