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Proxy? We don't need no steenkin' proxy.

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Obviously, in order to do anything constructive with Apache, you need a copy of the source code. Drop by http://httpd.apache.org/ and get yourself the latest version (this article uses both Apache 1.3 and Apache 2.0).

Once you've got a source code archive, uncompress it into a directory on your system,


$ cd /tmp
$ tar -xzvf httpd-2.0.36.tar.gz


and run the "configure" script in the newly-created directory (for Apache 1.3):


$ ./configure --enable-module=proxy


If you're using Apache 2.0, you should use this instead:


$ ./configure --enable-proxy --enable-proxy-ftp --enable-proxy-http --enable-cache --enable-disk-cache


Once the source tree has been prepped, you can compile and install Apache with a quick


$ make
$ make install


Apache should get installed to the default location of /usr/local/apache, unless you specified a different location by adding the "--prefix" parameter to the "configure" script.

If all goes well, you should now have a properly-compiled Apache Web server installed on your system. Check to make sure that the proxy module has been included in the build via a quick scan of the output of "httpd -l".


$ /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -l
Compiled-in modules:
  http_core.c
  mod_env.c
  mod_log_config.c
  mod_mime.c
  mod_negotiation.c
  mod_status.c
  mod_include.c
  mod_autoindex.c
  mod_dir.c
  mod_cgi.c
  mod_asis.c
  mod_imap.c
  mod_actions.c
  mod_userdir.c
  mod_alias.c
  mod_access.c
  mod_auth.c
  mod_proxy.c
  mod_setenvif.c


All that's left is to configure the proxy. Let's look at that next.


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