mod_perl is often used with other components that plug into Apache, such as PHP and SSL. In this section, we'll show you a build combining mod_perl with PHP. We'll also show how to build a secure version of Apache with mod_perl support using each of the SSL options available for Apache today (mod_ssl, Apache-SSL, Stronghold, and Covalent).

Since you now understand how the build process works, we'll present these scenarios without much explanation (unless they involve something we haven't discussed yet).

All these scenarios were tested on a Linux platform. You might need to refer to the specific component's documentation if something doesn't work for you as described here. The intention of this section is not to show you how to install other non-mod_perl components alone, but how to do this in a bundle with mod_perl.

Also, notice that the links we've used are very likely to have changed by the time you read this document. That's why we have used the x.xx convention instead of using hardcoded version numbers. Remember to replace the x.xx placeholders with the version numbers of the distributions you are going to use. To find out the latest stable version number, visit the components' sites—e.g., if we say http://perl.apache.org/dist/mod_perl-1.xx.tar.gz, go to http://perl.apache.org/download/ to learn the version number of the latest stable release of mod_perl 1, and download the appropriate file.

Unless otherwise noted, all the components install themselves into a default location. When you run make install, the installation program tells you where it's going to install the files.