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From Rasmus Lerdorf <ras...@lerdorf.on.ca>
Subject Re: Annoying Installation Problem and a Possible Elegant Solution
Date Tue, 11 May 1999 15:24:44 GMT
> If you assume that people should edit their files manually, then
> why is "make install" there?
> 
> >                                                            For people who
> > don't want to change the paths in their httpd.conf file, they can always
> > do a clean re-install with a different prefix path.
> 
> Unless they don't have a compiler under this machine (Apache was
> compiled under another machine). Or they don't have the source-code
> /source-tree/etc. (they got it as a pre-compiled binary). Or they
> are newbies who don't know how to compile Apache. Or a lot of other
> possibilities. In short, there must be a way to move Apache without
> re-compiling it. And to have a "apache_for_unix2000.tar.gz", which
> can be extracted anywhere by "gzip | tar" and fixed by "install.sh"
> (the script I proposed, to fix the paths and other configuration
> variables).

You seem to be arguing in circle here.  But, I do think it is a good idea
to add -f and -d switches to apachectl and if you feel like writing a
little perl/sed/awk script that massages a set of .conf files to change
the paths, go for it.  I personally don't think this is a big deal though.

-Rasmus


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