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From Herr Christian Wolfgang Hujer <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Installing on Linux
Date Fri, 28 Feb 2003 22:18:00 GMT
Hi Jeremy,

Am Freitag, 28. Februar 2003 22:42 schrieb Jeremy Whitlock:
> Charlie,
> 	Let's start like this:
> 1)  Does it matter where I install it?
Yes and no.
Basically it's your choice, but /usr/local or maybe /usr/local/apache or 
/usr/local/apache2 is a preferable place depending on the version you use, 
since /usr contains packages part of your system and local is for what you 
compiled and installed yourself. (If you'd install Apache as package like rpm 
/ deb, it might go to /usr or /usr/apache)

The default for Apache2 is /usr/local/apache2.

> 2)  If I unzip and untar in the folder
> (/usr/local/share/programs/apache) does that mean it will be installed
> there?
No, see above.

> 3)  How do I tell it where to install?
No, see above.

> 	I'm following the apache docs online to install but since it's
> my first time installing from scratch on Linux, I'm a bit hesitant.  I'm
> just trying to do a plain install.  I'll add the modules later and
> configure it for Tomcat and such later as well.  Thanks, Jeremy

Since you showed you're capable of literacy, you can read, and you can write, 
I suggest you also take a look at the directory you got by untargzing the 
archive and search for those hidden invisible disguised files called README 
and INSTALL and read them ;-) (don't take me too serious, it's carnival)

As said above, the installation directory is determined by an option to 
Try ./configure --help to see all options.

./configure is a huge script that determines which of the required and 
optional resources needed by the software you build are available and in what 
versions and sets all kinds of switches and triggers required to correclty 
build and install the software on your system.

make runs a Makefile, usually created by configure, to invoke the compiler, 
linker and other stuff to build the software.

make install runs a certain part ("target") of the Makefile to install the 
software you just compiled.

All three commands must be executed from the same directory you find the 
README and INSTALL files in.

I hope I was of some help for you and could provide useful advice.

Christian Wolfgang Hujer
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