This page describes modules written for hte Apache 1.3 web server, available on VPS v2 and MPS hosting plans.

Apache Modules are code segments that are written to comply with the Apache API specification and can be loaded into the Apache Web Server. Apache modules can be loaded in one the following ways.

  • Statically loaded in the compiled httpd daemon
  • Dynamically loaded in the web server configuration file

This modular design for adding web server features gives web administrators and developers tremendous power and flexibility. A wide variety of Apache modules have been created supporting all kinds of exciting web server features. Web server speed and efficiency is improved when using Apache modules since your Virtual Private Server web server can internally process instruction sets rather than relying on external applications.

For more information about any of the modules listed below, including usage information, see the Apache Modules Documentation.

Static Apache Modules

The following Apache modules are statically loaded into the VPS v2 Apache Web Server.

suexec: enabled; valid wrapper /usr/local/apache/bin/suexec

Dynamic Apache Modules

Dynamic module support is one of the key features of the Apache Web Server. The ability to dynamically load modules is known as DSO support. DSO allows you to extend the features and capabilities of Apache by adding the specific module you need, when you need it, without recompiling the web server binary.

A few notable apache modules you may want to use include the following.

We have provided a number of pre-compiled Apache modules for your use. You can load any of these modules in your Apache configuration file by uncommmenting the appropriate line in your /www/conf/httpd.conf file and running restart_apache.

#LoadModule mmap_static_module libexec/
#LoadModule vhost_alias_module libexec/
#LoadModule mime_magic_module  libexec/
#LoadModule negotiation_module libexec/
#LoadModule status_module      libexec/
#LoadModule info_module        libexec/
#LoadModule asis_module        libexec/
#LoadModule speling_module     libexec/
#LoadModule rewrite_module     libexec/
#LoadModule anon_auth_module   libexec/
#LoadModule db_auth_module     libexec/
#LoadModule digest_module      libexec/
#LoadModule proxy_module       libexec/
#LoadModule cern_meta_module   libexec/
#LoadModule expires_module     libexec/
#LoadModule headers_module     libexec/
#LoadModule usertrack_module   libexec/
#LoadModule perl_module        libexec/
#LoadModule gzip_module        libexec/
#LoadModule dav_module         libexec/
#LoadModule fastcgi_module     libexec/
#LoadModule auth_mysql_module  libexec/
#LoadModule auth_pgsql_module  libexec/
#LoadModule php4_module        libexec/

NOTE: If you try to load all the modules at the same time you will probably get a resource error. Simply load the modules you need one at a time.

Compiling Your Own DSO Modules

There are several Apache modules included in the FreeBSD Ports Collection which you can find in the /ports/www/ directory.

Apache 1.3 also supports the APXS (APache eXtenSion) tool. APXS allows you to compile and link your own dynamic shared object (DSO) Apache Modules. To use APXS, connect to your Virtual Private Server via SSH, su to root, and issue the following command:

# /usr/local/apache/bin/apxs OPTIONS MODULE_CODE

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