My Question

Does anyone have a link to a proper source package of Apache 2.2 for CentOS, and if so are there any special instructions I'm missing ?


I am trying to install Apache 2.2 on a AWS Linux AMI, The specific AMI ID is below:

Amazon Linux 2 AMI (HVM), SSD Volume Type - ami-0d1000aff9a9bad89

Since yum does not support anything before Apache 2.4, I need to download my 2.2 version from the Apache website and build it from source.

I also know that since I'm running CentOS I should be installing the 'httpd' version instead of 'apache2'

Part 1: Installing httpd with yum works, but only for Apache 2.4

If I do:

sudo yum install httpd

Everything installs as I would expect:

  • /var/www/html directory is created
  • /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf is
  • created I can run 'sudo service start httpd'
  • I am able to deploy my application
  • However, it installs Apache 2.4

Part 2: Download Apache 2.2 and building from source does not work as I'd expect

Since I have this requirement that I must run a 2.2 version of Apache, I download it to the instance and build from source using the commands below:

sudo wget https://archive.apache.org/dist/httpd/httpd-2.2.29.tar.gz
tar -zxf httpd-2.2.29.tar.gz
sudo Make install

After I run the above commands and build from source:

  • There is no /var/www/html directory created
  • There is no /etc/httpd directory created
  • I get the message below:

'Failed to start httpd.service: Unit not found.'

when running 'sudo service httpd start'

Side Note: I am aware I can copy things around and manually alter the conf file, the reason I believe something is awry is because I cannot run 'httpd' commands with the 2.2 version.

  • You compiled it from source. There isn't going to be a /var/www/html or an /etc/httpd directory nor will there be a service. The www directory and the config directory and files are going to be inside of the directory where you compiled it. You'll need to create a service for it so that you can start it with systemd and you'll have to add the directory containing the executables to your $PATH. What you are looking for is only provided if you install it the package with either yum or rpm. Oct 27, 2018 at 0:25

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1. There is no /var/www/html directory created There is no /etc/httpd directory created

Manually create these two directories and assign proper permission and owner/group

2.Failed to start httpd.service: Unit not found when running 'sudo service httpd start'

Missing service file in /usr/lib/systemd/system Create httpd.service and edit the content from systemd documentation and softlink the file to /etc/systemd/system by enable the service

# systemctl enable httpd.service
# systemctl start httpd.service

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