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How To Install Apache Web Server
By: Tito Mijares


  • Apache version 1.3.12
  • Apache tarball downloaded into a dir named /home/_installer/apache
  • Hardware has Red Hat Linux operating system.
  • User has root privileges.

1.0 Unpacking Apache

# cd /home/_installer/apache
# gzip -dc apache* | tar xvf -
# mv apache_1.3.12 /usr/local
# cd /usr/local
# chown -R root:root apache_1.3.12
# ln -s apache_1.3.12 httpd

2.0 Configuring Apache

2.1 Conventions

/www - main "publishing" directory
/www/conf - configuration files directory
/www/logs - log directory
/www/servers - "sites" directory
/www/servers/yourdomain.com - document root for yourdomain.com

2.2 Creating Configuration directories

# cd /
# mkdir www
# cd /www
# mkdir conf logs servers
# cd servers
# mkdir yourdomain.com

2.3 Configuring Apache

# cd /usr/local/httpd
# ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/httpd --sysconfdir=/www/conf

note: this sets up installation of the binaries at /usr/local/httpd and configuration files at /www/conf

2.4 Compiling Apache

note: assumes you're in /usr/local/httpd and have done ./configure

# make
# make install

3.0 Automatic Apache Startup during boot

note: Red Hat comes with a bundled apache startup file which we shall modify

3.1 Edit /etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd

# cd /etc/rc.d/init.d
# vi httpd

# Add the following lines


# endof added lines
case "$1" in

echo -n "Starting httpd: "
# modified the following line
#daemon httpd
# to show...
# endof modification

3.2 Automatic Shutdown

# cd /etc/rc.d/rc0.d
# ln -s ../init.d/httpd K15httpd
# cd /etc/rc.d/rc6.d
# ln -s ../init.d/httpd K15httpd

3.3 Automatic Startup

# cd /etc/rc.d/rc3.d
# ln -s ../init.d/httpd S15httpd
# cd /etc/rc.d/rc5.d
# ln -s ../init.d/httpd S15httpd

That's it!


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