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Apache Today: Installation of mod_perl-enabled Apache Without Superuser Privileges

Jul 14, 2000, 17:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stas Bekman)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"As you have seen from my previous articles, mod_perl-enabled Apache consists of two main components: Perl modules and Apache itself. While installing Apache without root privileges is a very easy task, one should know how to install Perl modules in a non-systemwide location. In this article I'll show different ways to tackle this task. ...I'll use stas as a username and /home/stas as a home directory of that user."

"Since without superuser permissions you aren't allowed to install modules into system directories like /usr/lib/perl5, you need to find out how to install the modules under your home directory. It's easy."

"First you have to decide where to install the modules. The simplest approach is to simulate the portion of the / file system relevant to Perl under your home directory. Actually we need only two directories:

  /home/stas/bin
  /home/stas/lib
We don't have to create them, since that will be done automatically when the first module is installed. 99 percent of the files will go into the lib directory. Occasionally, when some module distribution comes with Perl scripts, these will go into the bin directory. This directory will be created if it doesn't exist."

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