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From David Arnold <>
Subject Updating Apache and Mod_Perl
Date Tue, 15 Jun 2004 02:25:20 GMT

I've been encouraged on this list to update my versions of Apache and
mod_perl, which I think a good suggestion. However, I am no operating
system guru (just a math teacher), so I get quite fearful with these
updates. Still, I do have an office machine that is quite behind the times,
operating system wise:

[root@ps-114a-2k root]# cat /proc/version
Linux version 2.4.18-3 ( (gcc version 2.96
20000731 (Red Hat Linux 7.3 2.96-110)) #1 Thu Apr 18 07:37:53 EDT 2002

Note the Red Hat Linux 7.3. It's my intent to update the operating system
on this machine this summer, so this would be a good machine on which to do
an experimental update of Apache and mod_perl. If I mangle things badly, I
can just resinstall a new version of Red Hat. 

However, what is the best way to proceed. On Windows, I go the the
Uninstall Software tool in the control panel and remove the older piece of
software before installing the update. In linux, particularly RedHat, I
know that the Apache installation is spread out all over the distribution
tree, which is probably far from ideal (why do they do that). To conserve
disk space, I'd rather not have two distributions of Apache on the hard
drive. So, how do I uninstall the older version before installing the new one?

I know it probably has something to do with the rpm utility, but from what
I've read over the years, what will probably happen is I will get asked a
bunch of questions like  "you'll have to remove this or that" which I never
know whether to answer "yes" or "no." 

So, can anyone offer some step-by-step help about uninstalling the older
versions of Apache and mod_perl on this machine. Secondly, what do I need
to do after that (remember, I have Red Hat 7.3) prior to installing the
latest versions of Apache and mod_perl.

Once I get to this spot, I think I'll be OK, as the instructions for
installing Apache and mod_perl seem pretty good. What I need help with is
the uninstall and the other preparation that will be needed before starting
the install of Apache and mod_perl.

Thanks to anyone kind enough to help me out with this. :-)

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