Mod perl

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This is an example of installing mod_perl on SlackWare 12.0 using the SlackBuild system. I put everything in /root/SlackBuild_mod_perl and I did all the following commands as root. I figured it out from this page:

First, I downloaded everything. I went to and I downloaded the "slackbuild" file, mod_perl.tgz, and the source, mod_perl-2.0.3.tar.gz, into /root/SlackBuild_mod_perl

I unpacked the SlackBuild package:

root@pecan:~# cd ~/SlackBuild_mod_perl/
root@pecan:~/SlackBuild_mod_perl# tar xzvf mod_perl.tgz 

I moved the mod_perl source into the mod_perl SlackBuild directory, and editted the SlackBuild script:

mv mod_perl-2.0.3.tar.gz mod_perl
cd mod_perl
emacs mod_perl.SlackBuild

When editting, I just checked that the VERSION= line matched the actual version of the source (2.0.3).

Then I executed the SlackBuild script:


That command ran for quite a while and produced a lot of compiling output.

When it was done, there was a package left in /tmp. I moved it to /root so it would not be deleted later.

I installed it with installpkg:

root@pecan:~# installpkg mod_perl-2.0.3-i486-1_SBo.tgz 
Installing package mod_perl-2.0.3-i486-1_SBo... 
mod_perl: mod_perl (Perl Interpreter for Apache)
mod_perl: Mod_perl incorporates a Perl interpreter into the Apache web server
mod_perl: so that the Apache web server can directly execute Perl code.
mod_perl: Mod_perl links the Perl runtime library into the Apache web server 
mod_perl: and provides an object-oriented Perl interface for Apache's C
mod_perl: language API. The end result is a quicker CGI script turnaround 
mod_perl: process, since no external Perl interpreter has to be started.
mod_perl: Homepage:
Executing install script for mod_perl-2.0.3-i486-1_SBo...

At this point I checked that the file /usr/lib/httpd/modules/ existed, and it did. I editted /etc/httpd/httpd.conf and uncommented the line that included /etc/httpd/mod_perl.conf, and then ran httpd -t to make sure there were no syntax errors. I ran "/etc/rc.d/rc.httpd restart" to restart the apache server, and it appeared to work. The web page still worked, and perl scripts still ran.

How can I tell if mod_perl or perl cgi is being used ? I'm not sure, please add that info you know.