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I read on the CPanel documentation that

"...The build process begins by distilling and recording Apache’s current configuration...."

and

The new configuration is distilled in much the same way as before

see: http://docs.cpanel.net/twiki/bin/view/EasyApache3/EA3Overview

What does it mean to distil a configuration file?

  • Is that a technical term?
  • Is it CPanel-specific terminology?
  • or just that it boils off the water to increase the alcohol content of the Apache config file?
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Yes, it's a CPanel thing. The idea is that the "distiller" reads a configuration file and extracts the "essence" of what it means into a separate, cpanel-specific format which is presumably easier for the cpanel code to work with.

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thanks - do you know where this process is described/defined in the docs? –  j w Nov 24 '10 at 23:18
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I'm pretty sure you linked to them. :) –  mattdm Nov 24 '10 at 23:42
    
those docs refer to distillation but I was hoping for a bit more detail on how the distillation process itself is implemented. –  j w Nov 26 '10 at 13:42
    
As far as I can tell, there's no good docs for the details. I'd ask on the cpanel forums (or search there -- a cursory search turned up not much). –  mattdm Nov 26 '10 at 14:54

Dictionary.com gives this as one of the definitions: "to extract the essential elements of; refine; abstract: She managed to distill her ideas into one succinct article. "

Sounds like what CPanel has done is make a process out of pulling only the elements that are pertinent to a separate file.

This concludes the English language lesson for today.

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+1 for comedic value, -1 someone already said the same thing. –  Chris S Nov 25 '10 at 0:15

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