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From Tom Schindl <>
Subject Re: Updating Apache and Mod_Perl
Date Tue, 15 Jun 2004 07:22:48 GMT

I would download apache, perl and mod_perl and compile it my own. I 
would not uninstall anything from your 7.3-rpm-packages. You said that 
you want to switch to a newer OS version.
Please also keep in mind if you want to switch e.g. to Fedora, Mandrake, 
SuSE that they ship with apache2 + mod_perl2 as standard-apaches. You 
should develop your mp2-modules for this target platform else you maybe 
have to port them when switching :-(.

The additional diskspace needed is not very big:
apache-1.3: ~12MB
apache-2.0: ~27MB
perl-5.8.4+CPAN-Modules: ~50MB + 10-20MB

You could run the apache e.g. on port 8080 instead of the standard port 80.


David Arnold wrote:
> All,
> 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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