Bug 36878 - using apxs to install modules breaks apache
using apxs to install modules breaks apache
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: apache (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Nalin Dahyabhai
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-04-20 15:39 EDT by nolan
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:32 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-02-13 13:43:22 EST
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Description nolan 2001-04-20 15:39:00 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.76 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.4.2-2 i686)

because of the apache config file in /etc madness, when apxs adds the line
"LoadModule foo_module lib/apache/mod_foo.so" to httpd.conf, apache tries
to look for the modules relative to /conf's parent directory (in this case,

You've got a modules symlink, which unfortunately doesn't help, given
apxs's choice of paths.

The solution is quite simple.  I made a symlink in /etc/httpd called 'lib'
that points to '/usr/lib'.  The obvious alternative solution is to hack
apxs to use a path that fits with the modules symlink already in

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. apxs -i -a apache_module.so
2. start apache

Actual Results:  apache failed to load the module, as it couldn't find it.	

Expected Results:  apache should have found and loaded the module.
Comment 1 Dan Browning 2001-05-04 11:54:23 EDT
FYI, I just ran into the same problem, and I was glad to find this bug (now I 
don't have to report it ;-).  Kijiki0's fix worked for me as well:

ln -s /usr/lib /etc/httpd/lib

I suppose an errata apache-devel is in order, eh?  

Thanks for the great software and hard work, Red Hat engineers!
Comment 2 Nalin Dahyabhai 2001-07-24 15:12:17 EDT
Setting the execprefix to /usr while setting the prefix to /etc/httpd seems to
fix this weirdness with apxs.  It'll be folded into a pending errata of 1.3.20
and into Raw Hide.
Comment 3 David Morse 2003-02-13 13:43:22 EST
Confirmed fixed in apache-1.3.27-2.  apxs now correctly adds the /usr prefix to 
the LoadModule line.

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