Installing Apache 1.3 on Debian Etch

I few days ago I setup a new Linux box to use for testing my web development work. The production environment for the site is hosted on a Linux machine, so I wanted to test it in a Linux environment, not a Windows environment (which is where I currently do my development work). So, I decided to setup a Linux box with Samba, map a network drive, and simply work on my site files directly from the Linux server. This way I can just save my changed file, press refresh in my browser, and see the changes. I'll explain more about my actual staging setup in a future post.

I did not find very much, if any, information about how to easily setup Apache 1.3 on a Debian 4.0 (Etch) system. Why do I want Apache 1.3 instead of Apache 2? Because I'd like to replicate the production environment as closely as possible. My web host uses Apache 1.3.37, PHP 4.4.3, and MySQL 4.1.21.

I documented the steps I took to get everything setup here on my Wiki. This is the first time I've used the Wiki to store information that I would normally post here in my blog, and I'm still trying to figure out how I will decide what information goes on the Wiki and what goes on the blog.

The quick answer to getting Apache 1.3 installed on an Etch system is to edit /etc/apt/sources and change etch to sarge. Then run apt-get update and apt-get install apache. You can make sure you’re going to install Apache 1.3.X beforehand by running the following command: apt-cache showpkg apache and checking which version it displays. It should show something like this:

Package: apache
1.3.34-4.1(/var/lib/apt/lists/ (/var/lib/dpkg/status)

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