Not As Clever As I Thought I Was
khansen at charityweb.net
Tue Sep 21 14:03:06 UTC 2004
Dave Cross wrote:
> If I was that concerned, I could just build Perl 5.8.5 from source.
> But that would also mean building my own mod_perl. And that's a can of
> worms that I'd like to keep firmly closed.
Actually, it's not that tough to build your own mod_perl. The
documentation is very good. It's even gotten a little easier with
mod_perl2/Apache2. In fact, from what I've read on the mod_perl mailing
list, the rpms for mod_perl from Red Hat have always been so buggy that
the greater headache would be using those! :-)
The main pain, though, is that you do have to read the documentation to
make it easy. I find this helpful, though, since mod_perl is so critical
to my business that I want to understand what's going on. Also, the
documentation is really excellent and the mailing list truly top rate.
To tell you the truth, the main reason I decided against Red Hat path
and am going with Fedora is the poor quality of the versions of mod_perl
and apache rpms that were shipped with RH. I always ended up removing
them and building my own. So, why pay for their "stable" system which
was unstable for me?
> I decided a year or so ago that wherever possible I'd stick with rpms
> supplied by my distribution. Generally that makes life much simpler.
A good rule of thumb. However, wrt mod_perl, this is one place where it
is not possible. :-)
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