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From Chuck Murcko <>
Subject Re: Putting modules in their own subdirectories
Date Sun, 09 Mar 1997 04:25:27 GMT
Rodent of Unusual Size wrote:
> >From the fingers of Randy Terbush flowed the following:
> >
> >>      There was some discussion about rearranging installation process
> >> as to put every module in its own subdirectory.
> >
> >For the most part, I think this has been done. There is a bit of
> >clunkyness which last I looked required mod_proxy to be compiled in
> >order to get the compile to check the 'modules' subdirectory. Other
> >than that, "it just works".
>     I cannot confirm that (but it could be a brain fart or neuronic
>     failure on my part).
>     It looks as though the canonical way to add a module is to:
>      1) create modules/foo
>      2) put the necessary stuff there (including a Makefile)
>      3) modify modules/Makefile to include "foo" in the MODULES
>         definition
>      4) run make from the Apache source directory
>     Unfortunately, from looking at Configur* and Makefile.tmpl, it looks
>     as though the *only* time step [4] will "(cd modules; make...)" is
>     if "modules/proxy/libproxy.a" is requested (i.e., the "Module
>     proxy_module" line is uncommented in Configuration).  In which case,
>     *all* of the modules listed in modules/Makefile are built, not just
>     the proxy.
>     In other words, if you want modules/Makefile to be used to build
>     the modules below there, you have to include the proxy module in
>     your Configuration.  If you don't, the master Makefile assumes the
>     files are already made, and will give errors if they're stale
>     (because it will be in the wrong directory).
>     Does anyone see any errors in this analysis?  I don't use the
>     proxy, so I ran into it.  I'll see about putting together a patch to
>     genericise this process, unless someone points out that my
>     understanding is flawed. <g>
>     #ken    :-/}

Nope. Sounds right here. The really right way to do this is to build
modules/Makefile during configuration.
Chuck Murcko
The Topsail Group, West Chester PA USA

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