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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 39973] - apachectl --with-apache=/path option desired
Date Thu, 06 Jul 2006 18:15:32 GMT
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------- Additional Comments From slive@apache.org  2006-07-06 18:15 -------
I don't mean to argue, but I see two problems here:

1. Dave isn't interested in the same thing as you.  He wants to be able to pick
up an apache installation, move it someplace else, and still have it work.  I
actually think that is an interesting thing to be able to do, and there are
various things we could do in httpd to make it easier.  But just fixing this one
thing in apachectl wouldn't get you that far.  To work on that issue, I think he
needs a better understanding of what is already possible, and then to
specifically identify where he things the barriers are in separate bug reports
(like ServerRoot-relative <Directory>, for example).

2. You are proposing adding a third type of command-line argument to apachectl.
 We already have sysvinit-style arguments and httpd arguments and you want to
add apachectl-specific config arguments.  I think that is too complicated (or at
least, I can't imagine how to write clear and simple docs to explain it).  Two
alternatives I see are: 1) use the assumption that httpd and envvars live in the
same directory as apachectl (doesn't solve the two-binaries in one install tree
problem you mention); or 2) tell people to copy and edit apachectl as needed. 
As you mention, it is just a simple shell script -- that is, until we add too
many different command-line arguments.

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