Build Frustrations

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Mon Nov 19 18:54:04 PST 2007

On Mon, Nov 19, 2007 at 07:19:34PM -0500, Dan Mahoney, System Admin wrote:

> All,
> I'm of the realization that FreeBSD is a volunteer project, but there's a 
> recent issue I've hit, and I've contacted nearly EVERYONE I can think of 
> about it to try and fix, and the response I've gotten has been a deafening 
> silence.
> I'm having trouble building apache2.2.6, it relates I feel to an 
> inconsitent libexpat library under FreeBSD, COMBINED with a badly made and 
> inconsistent apr port, and some libiconv incompatibilities.  I've emailed 
> ports maintainers, APR developers, the general apache mailing list, and 
> gotten nothing.
> ...
> This is a post about building apache2.2 from scratch, not from ports -- 
> however it raises several issues with port-installed tools that lead me to 
> believe they may still be at fault.  I apologize in advance for the length 
> of this post, but having all the data is sometimes important.  I believe 
> it's reproducable but I don't have the spare machines to try on.
> ...
> 3) My big problem:
> I just tried to build apache 2.2.6 from scratch.
> I, for various reasons of wanting to keep apache separate from other 
> things, for example, to virtualize my apache users, prefer everything in a 
> single dir -- so the ports route isn't for me.

You can tell ports where to install something.  We used to install
all of Apache in its own directory to make it easy to manipulate
in a system we were installing in a lot of places.   Check the ports
doc and such.   


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