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From Igor Cicimov <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Do I need to reinstall if the manufacturer ships in /var/www and I need /usr/local/apache/htdocs/www?
Date Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:20:50 GMT

On Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 10:01 AM, Patricia Williams <> wrote:

>  I have a brand new shipped RHEL 6.2 with apache 2.2.15.  Seems it is
> installed in /var/www.  I am trying to replicate a server running with
> apache in /usr/local/apache/htdocs/www (although I do find a /var/www over
> there as well).   I'm new at installing apache, and it has been a few years
> since I used linux.  Should I first unistall httpd and then install httpd
> 2.2.23 (found at the apache download page)?  Is there a getting started
> guide with step by step instructions?
> Will the php modules (5.3.3-3.el6_1.3.x86_64) found on my installation
> disk be ok to install with 2.2.23?
> Thanks,
> Patty
As far as I know you can only get the apache source not the binaries for
your Linux distribution. This means you need to compile and install apache
your and during the process you can choose new install directory for it
lets say /usr/local/apache2. In this way you don't need to uninstall the
RHEL default apache install but you MUST make sure both servers never start
or run together. Meaning you need to stop the RHEL apache (if running) and
remove it from all startup scripts. In that way you can run the 2.2.23
without any issues of port clashing.

In post install process of configuring 2.2.23 you can also choose to run
the server on some other port than 80(443). In that case you can have both
servers running, the RHEL and 2.2.23 if you like. So the answer is you can
have as many installs of apache as you like until you configure them to run
(or not) on different ports.

Regarding PHP ... This should be post install task related to 2.2.23
install, meaning there apache directives that you can use to point to the
PHP install you want to use. Meaning that similar as with apache itself you
can have multiple PHP installs as well, lets say php4, php5.3.3 and
php5.3.6, and tell apache to use which ever version you (your applications)

So I guess the answer of the php question about 5.3.3 is it should be fine
from apache point of view if your apps are fine with it.

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