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From Tom Evans <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Re: Can I have 2 httpd servers running on 2 different ports?
Date Fri, 26 Feb 2010 09:56:12 GMT
On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 7:00 PM, Sheryl <> wrote:
>>> What benefit does this give you over running VirtualHost?
>> (I wouldn't set up a second instance like suggested, but..)
> Curious about why not...
> BTW, my example was a little simplified.  In practice we actually make a
> link "base" which points to the apache directory and the link bin to
> base/bin, etc.  That way, when we compile a new version we put it in its
> own directory and change the link.  Easy to upgrade, easy to back off if
> it doesn't work.

Because it isn't needed. If you don't need to change compile time
options, all apache needs to run is a different config file, not a
replication of the /usr/local/ hierarchy.

In fact, we use freebsd, and install apache from ports, using the
supplied rc script to manage 'profiles', which define the separate
instances of apache to run, with all necessary configuration in
/usr/local/etc/apache22-{profile-name}. No crazy symlinks required!

When a developers needs an apache instance to play with, they would
typically just do something like this:
'/usr/local/sbin/httpd -f /home/foo/proj/conf/httpd.conf'. The only
things they need in conf are the httpd.conf, mime.types and magic.
Typically, they'll declare a server root in the conf file, with a logs
folder below server root. That's pretty muc hall that is needed.

However, we don't do this so much anymore. Now typically, we will
configure a separate freebsd jail for each service.



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