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Written by Michael Felt   

Latest Apache versions - repackaged to modern SSL, and more

  • I was at a customer this week - looking to automate installation of Linux on Power from AIX (nim) server.
  • Initially, we used NFS as a server protocol but what we wanted was http. I thought - "Great Opportunity to test my Apache HTTPD packaging" and so we did.

The install was not as smooth as I would have wanted - the libssl.a and libcrypt.a I originally linked against had members that the current libraries do not have and the programs would not load. While extracting, renaming, and adding a member name as expected could fix things I decided it was better to just go back and re-link so that the programs would load as expected.

  • The end result are new packages AND two "bundles" of bz2 tar archives of all the filesets needed to simplify download and installation!

So, looking for httpd-2.2.31 or httpd-2.4.18 - read on!

See the wiki for the links!

The wiki pages with download links are at http://www.aixtools.net/index.php/httpd-2.4 and http://www.aixtools.net/index.php/httpd-2.2.

Where is httpd.conf?

As one of my goals is to not step on anything from somewhere else (e.g., IBM HTTPD or WebSphere or IBM/Perzl Toolbox packaging) the configuration files are no in /usr/IHS or /etc/httpd but in /var/httpd/etc and the default DocumentRoot is /var/httpd/htdocs. Just thought you might want to know!

How to install?

The easy way is to download a bundles, unpack, install, and start - e.g.:
  1. mkdir /tmp/aixtools
  2. cd /tmp/aixtools
  3. wget  http://download.aixtools.net/tools/asf/aixtools.httpd-2.4.bundle.tar.bz2
  4. bizp2 -dc aixtools.httpd-2.4.bundle.tar.bz2
  5. inutoc /tmp/aixtools
  6. installp -d /tmp/aixtools -agX aixtools.asf.httpd.rte
  7. apachectl start
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