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Apache2::ASP::Manual::Installation::Windows
Installation instructions for Windows

Apache2::ASP::Manual::Installation::Windows - Installation instructions for Windows


NAME

Apache2::ASP::Manual::Installation::Windows - Installation instructions for Windows


DESCRIPTION

This document describes how to install Apache2::ASP on Windows.


WARNING

Performance on Windows is just terrible. Do not use Apache2::ASP on Windows in a production environment.

However, if you would like to simply develop or prototype or test things out on Windows, that would be fine.


PREREQUISITES

Step 1: Install Apache HTTPD v2.0 or newer

The MSI distribution available from http://httpd.apache.org/ is recommended.

IMPORTANT: - Use the installation directory C:\Apache2 instead of the default path C:\Program Files\Apache Group\blah\blah\blah.

Step 2: Install mod_perl2

Assuming you have ActiveState ActivePerl 5.8x installed, you can install mod_perl2 by doing the following from a command prompt:


  > ppm repo add http://theoryx5.uwinnipeg.ca/ppms/

  > ppm install mod_perl-2.0

Answer all the questions (where to install, etc, etc) and you're done.

If you've got some extra time on your hands and would like to install from source, go for it.

Step 3: Install libapreq2


  > ppm install libapreq2-2.0

Answer all the questions and you're all set.

If you'd rather install from source, go for it. Nothing is stopping you.

Step 3: Install missing Perl modules

You will need to install the following modules. Fortunately they should install just fine with CPAN.


  CGI

  CGI::Apache2::Wrapper - (you might need to force install this one)

  CGI::Simple

  Cwd

  DateTime::Duration

  DBD::SQLite

  DBI

  Devel::StackTrace

  Digest::MD5

  HTML::FillInForm

  HTML::Form

  HTTP::Date

  HTTP::Request::AsCGI

  Ima::DBI - (version 0.35 or greater)

  Mail::Sendmail

  MIME::Types

  Storable

  Sys::Hostname

If you plan on using MySQL to store your Application and Session data, you should also install the DBD::mysql manpage unless you've already got it.

IMPORTANT: - If you are having a hard time installing modules with CPAN (because you don't have nmake.exe or whatever) then just ppm install the modules. The only module that absolutely must be a specific version is the Ima::DBI manpage version 0.35+ because of some important changes made in that version. But in a pinch, give 0.34 (or lower) a shot if that's all you can get installed.


INSTALLATION

Once you've installed the prerequisites (see above) you are all set to install Apache2::ASP.

Unfortunately the regular CPAN install won't work. This might be addressed in the future, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there.

Simply download the latest tar.gz file from CPAN and extract the tar.gz archive using your favorite Gzip/Tar compatible unpacking program. WinRAR is highly recommended.


  > cd Apache2-ASP-1.xx

  > perl Makefile.PL

At this point you will get some strange pop-up complaining about libapreq2.dll and how it cannot be found.


  > make

  > make install

Now, when you run the command:


  % perl -MApache2::ASP -e 'print "Hello, World!\n"'

You should see:


  Hello, World!

If instead you see something like:


  Can't locate Apache2/ASP.pm in @INC (@INC contains: C:/Perl/lib C:/Perl/site/lib .).

  BEGIN failed--compilation aborted.

Then Apache2::ASP was not successfully installed. Double-check your steps and make sure you didn't miss something.

Installing Apache2::ASP is only part of the deal. You also need to configure a website to run on it.


DIRECTORY STRUCTURE

Assuming your server root is C:\Apache2\Apache2\Website and your DocumentRoot is C:\Apache2\Apache2\Website\html then your directory structure would look like this:


  C:\Apache2\Apache2\Website

  |

  +-\html

  | `- index.asp (All ASP scripts go here, along with images, css, javascript, etc.)

  |

  +-\handlers

  | +- MyHandler.pm    (Accessible as http://yoursite.com/handlers/MyHandler)

  | `- OtherHandler.pm (Accessible as http://yoursite.com/handlers/OtherHandler)

  |

  +-\conf

  | +- httpd.conf  (to be included by /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf)

  | `- apache2-asp-config.xml

  |

  +-\lib

  | `- Your application classes go here (i.e. Class::DBI or DBIx::Class modules)

  |

  +-\MEDIA

  | `- (Apache must have read/write permissions for this directory)

  |

  +-\PAGE_CACHE

  | `- (Apache must have read/write permissions for this directory)

  |

  +-\t

    `- (your test files will go here)

\conf

The /conf directory should contain only configuration files.

Specifically, it should contain the Apache2::ASP::Manual::ConfigXML and the Apache2::ASP::Manual::HttpdConf file.

\handlers

Your Handlers go here. All of them.

Learn more about what Handlers are by reading the following pages:

Start with the Apache2::ASP::Manual::Handlers manpage
the Apache2::ASP::Handler manpage
the Apache2::ASP::UploadHandler manpage
the Apache2::ASP::FormHandler manpage
the Apache2::ASP::MediaManager manpage

\html

All of your ASP scripts, images, CSS, JavaScript, SWF, PDF and other files go here, just like a regular website.

In addition to your ASP scripts you can also place your GlobalASA.pm file in this directory.

Learn more about the GlobalASA.pm file by reading the Apache2::ASP::GlobalASA manpage and the Apache2::ASP::Manual::GlobalASA manpage.

\MEDIA

This is where uploaded files are stored.

NOTE: Your webserver must be able to both read and write to this directory.

\PAGE_CACHE

This is where compiled ASP scripts are stored.

``What are compiled ASP scripts?'' you ask? When the Apache2::ASP::PageHandler manpage prepares your ASP script for execution the first time around, it converts it from ASP markup to a first-class Perl module. Learn more by reading the Apache2::ASP::Manual::ASP_Compilation manpage.

\lib

Any Perl module that is not a Handler should go here. This includes (for example) your the Class::DBI manpage or the DBIx::Class manpage modules (or what have you) as well as any other custom, non-CPAN modules that your web application requires.

This directory is automatically added to @INC by the Apache2::ASP::Config manpage so you don't have to do it yourself.


BUGS

It's possible that some bugs have found their way into this release.

Use RT http://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/Bugs.html to submit bug reports.


HOMEPAGE

Please visit the Apache2::ASP homepage at http://apache2-asp.no-ip.org/ to see examples of Apache2::ASP in action.


AUTHOR

John Drago mailto:jdrago_999@yahoo.com


COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

Copyright 2007 John Drago, All rights reserved.

This software is free software. It may be used and distributed under the same terms as Perl itself.

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