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From Perrin Harkins <>
Subject Re: Qu: installing mod_perl2 outside of apache2 and perl install directories
Date Wed, 11 Sep 2013 02:46:01 GMT
I suspect there's a way to fix the issue, but my general advice is this:
don't be a slave to running the tests if you already have some way to know
if the module is working.  It's fine to force install rather than spend
hours fighting with a test setup.

- Perrin

On Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 8:11 PM, Thomas M. Payerle <> wrote:

> Hi,
> Our site uses networked file systems and the same code base is available
> on many systems.
> We have multiple versions of e.g. apache and perl installed, and e.g.
> init.d scripts will
> look up the version of apache to use for a particular server and start
> that version, out
> of the several installed on the system.  For perl, users/scripts would
> specify the version
> of perl they wanted.
> For the most part, this works well.  Apache modules e.g. would go into the
> apache build
> tree for that particular apache.  Same with perl modules.
> Except mod_perl depends on both apache and perl version, and wants to
> stick stuff in
> both apache and perl trees.  Which means how do I make sure I get the
> mod_perl built for
> the particular perl/apache combination I am using?
> I thought I had figured this out; put mod_perl in its own tree, with
> subdirectories for
> mod_perl version, apache version, and perl version.  During the mod_perl
> install, in
> the "perl Makefile.PL" phase, I specified PREFIX to where I wanted the
> perl bits to go,
> and used  MP_AP_DESTDIR to specify where I wanted the apache bits to go.
> To use it, I had to specify the full path to, and use a
> PerlSwitches configuration
> directive so that the mod_perl related *.pm files, etc. would be found,
> but otherwise
> everything seemed happy.  At least some simple test scripts using
> ModPerl::Registry and a
> simple handler module of my own, and they worked.
> Then I tried installing Apache2::Request.  OK, after a little work I
> managed to get it to
> find the apache2 - mod_perl header files from my non-standard location,
> but tests were
> still failing.  It looks like Apache::TestConfig is not finding my
>, and so
> the test httpd configs don't get mod_perl, which understandably causes
> things to fail.  So
> it looks like I need some more hacks to the mod_perl code.  It looked like
> I might be
> able to add a path to find_apache_module, which is fine if that is more or
> less all it is.
> But I am also concerned that I might be headed very quickly into some very
> deep stuff, and
> as I know relatively little re the Apache::Test* suite, was wondering if
> anyone had
> any advice or suggestions?
> Thanks in advance for any assistance.
> Tom Payerle
> IT-ETI-EUS                    
> University of Maryland                  (301) 405-6135
> College Park, MD 20742-4111

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