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I read on the CPanel documentation that

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


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
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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