The installation process for Apache::ASP is geared towards those
with experience with Perl, Apache, and unix systems. For those
without this experience, please understand that the learning curve
can be significant. But what you have at the end will be a web site
running on superior open source software.
If installing onto a Windows operating system, please see the section
titled Win32 Install.
Often, installing the mod_perl part of the Apache server
can be the hardest part. If this is the case for you,
check out the FAQ and SUPPORT sections for further help,
as well as the "Build Apache" notes in this section.
Please also see the mod_perl guide at http://perl.apache.org/guide
which one ought to give a good read before undertaking
a mod_perl project.
Download and CPAN Install
You may download the latest Apache::ASP from your nearest CPAN,
As a Perl developer, you should make yourself familiar with
the CPAN.pm module, and how it may be used to install
Apache::ASP, and other related modules. The easiest way
to install Apache::ASP for the first time from Perl is to
fire up the CPAN shell like:
shell prompt> perl -MCPAN -e shell
... configure CPAN ...
... then upgrade to latest CPAN ...
cpan> install CPAN
cpan> install Bundle::Apache::ASP
Installing the Apache::ASP bundle will automatically install
all the modules Apache::ASP is dependent on as well as
Apache::ASP itself. If you have trouble installing the bundle,
then try installing the necessary modules one at a time:
cpan> install MLDBM
cpan> install MLDBM::Sync
cpan> install Digest::MD5 *** may not be needed for perl 5.8+ ***
cpan> install Apache::ASP
For extra/optional functionality in Apache::ASP 2.31 or greater, like
support for FormFill, XSLT, or SSI, you can install this bundle via CPAN:
cpan> install Bundle::Apache::ASP::Extra
Regular Perl Module Install
If not doing the CPAN install, download Apache::ASP and install it using
the make or nmake commands as shown below. Otherwise, just
copy ASP.pm to $PERLLIB/site/Apache
> perl Makefile.PL
> make test
> make install
* use nmake for win32
Please note that you must first have the Apache Web Server
& mod_perl installed before using this module in a web server
environment. The offline mode for building static html at
./cgi/asp may be used with just perl.
Win32 / Windows Install
If you are on a Win32 platform, like WinNT or Windows 2000,
you can download the win32 binaries linked to from:
Linux DSO Distributions
If you have a linux distribution, like a RedHat Linux server,
with an RPM style Apache + mod_perl, seriously consider building
a static version of the httpd server yourself, not DSO.
DSO is marked as experimental for mod_perl, and often does
not work, resulting in "no request object" error messages,
and other oddities, and are terrible to debug, because of
the strange kinds of things that can go wrong.
Build Apache and mod_perl
For a quick build of apache, there is a script in the distribution at
./make_httpd/build_httpds.sh that can compile a statically linked
Apache with mod_ssl and mod_perl. Just drop the sources into the
make_httpd directory, configure the environments as appropriate,
and execute the script like this:
You might also find helpful a couple items:
Stas's mod_perl guide install section
People have been using Apache Toolbox to automate their
complex builds with great success.
Once you have successfully built the Apache Web Server with mod_perl,
copy the ./site/eg/ directory from the Apache::ASP installation
to your Apache document tree and try it out! You must put "AllowOverride All"
in your httpd.conf <Directory> config section to let the .htaccess file in the
./site/eg installation directory do its work. If you want a starter
config file for Apache::ASP, just look at the .htaccess file in the
So, you might add this to your Apache httpd.conf file just to get
the scripts in ./site/eg working, where $DOCUMENT_ROOT represents
the DocumentRoot config for your apache server:
<Directory $DOCUMENT_ROOT/asp/eg >
To copy the entire site, including the examples, you might
do a raw directory copy as in:
shell> cp -rpd ./site $DOCUMENT_ROOT/asp
So you could then reference the Apache::ASP docs at /asp/ at your site,
and the examples at /asp/eg/ .
This is not a good production configuration, because it is insecure
with the FollowSymLinks, and tells Apache to look for .htaccess
which is bad for performance but it should be handy for getting
started with development.
You will know that Apache::ASP is working normally if you
can run the scripts in ./site/eg/ without any errors. Common
problems can be found in the FAQ section.