"Most of your server configuration is done in the server
configuration files, after you have installed Apache. However, the
things that you are able to configure are largely decided when you
install the server. That is, if you don't install a particular
module, then you cannot configure the things that that module
"In the configuration stage, before you compile your Apache
server, you decide what modules you want installed, where you want
files to get put, and a variety of other things. You can also
specify various things that get set in the server configuration
files, which you can then change afterwards."
"In this week's column, we'll talk about some of the things
that you can do with the configure utility, so that Apache gets
installed exactly the way that you want it."