Message from 2021
This post is pretty old! Opinions and technical information in it are almost certainly oudated. Commands and configurations will probably not work. Consider the age of the content before putting any of it into practice.
I’ve never paid much attention to how Apache manages to actually serve stuff (the only web server I’ve ever messed with extensively was a class project a couple years ago), and the more I delve into it, the more confusing it seems.
I’m hoping that the software I switched to (Typo) is stable and updated for quite a long time, because getting Rails and such set up is more difficult than the equivalent PHP app. Thanks, fastcgi, for making life difficult.