Getting Started with Apache 1.3 Page 2

These locations will be used by all of the cd and other shell commands in this article.

Some formatting conventions used in examples in this article:

  • 'normal text' represents output from the computer.
  • bold text indicates what you need to type. Unbolded text shows output from the computer.
  • bold italicised text represents something you need to replace with your own value; for example, when following the steps in an example, when I came to "cd /home/username", I would type "/home/coar" instead.
  • normal italicised text in brackets ('[' and ']') is used to represent commentary, such as "[lots of output here]".
  • In order to make long lines in this article fit within the width of your window, they may be arbitrarily wrapped. This is signified by one line ending with a slosh ('\') and the next line beginning with an open broket ('>'). For example:
        % this is the first part of the line     > and this is the second

    You can run these split-up pieces together into the single line they represent, or, on Unix, you can actually type the '\' and hit Enter and type in the next portion when the system prompts you with the '>'. (This convention was chosen because it matches this Unix behaviour, and most Apache servers are run on Unix.)


The Apache Web server runs on almost every Unix-like system in the world, and quite a few systems that don't resemble Unix at all. It's supported on the server platforms of Microsoft Windows (such as Windows NT and Windows 2000), and runs--but isn't supported--on the Windows 95 and Windows 98 platforms.

This breadth of support means that, whatever you're running, you can probably use Apache on it. If you want to use Apache on something that isn't clearly Windows nor Unix, or you are otherwise unsure, check the resources in the 'Going Further' section of this article for places to inquire on how to proceed.

Prebuilt Packages--or Building Your Own

Since Apache is developed as an Open Source' project, you have a choice of either using a package that someone else prepared for your platform--if anyone has--or of downloading the source and building it yourself from the ground up. Of course, with the dozens of available platforms, there are sure to be some to which the Apache developers themselves don't have access, and so your options may actually be reduced to building the Apache Web server from scratch yourself.

Since different redistributors and repackagers have their own ideas about where to put files, the locations identified in the assumptions section may not be valid if you installed Apache from such a package. If that's the case, you'll just need to make the appropriate translations between the locations in this article and those on your system.

Downloading the Software

This article was originally published on Jun 1, 2000

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