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Reply to topic   Topic: The LoadFile directive

Joined: 17 Dec 2005
Posts: 611
Location: Milford, MA, USA

PostPosted: Fri 11 May '07 4:05    Post subject: The LoadFile directive Reply with quote

Many of the questions in these forums concern non-Apache .dll files, and where to put them.

An Apache directive I like is LoadFile.

This directive loads any .dll into the Apache process.
It works best when used just before a LoadModule to control exactly which additional .dll's the module uses.

For example:
LoadFile "C:/work/SpecialTest/libeay32.dll"
LoadFile "C:/work/SpecialTest/ssleay32.dll"
LoadModule ssl_module modules/mod_ssl.so

This will load the OpenSSL libraries from C:\work\SpecialTest\, ignoring any OpenSSL .dll's which are in the Apache \bin directory or in your PATH.

Since ssleay32.dll depends on libeay32.dll, it is best to always load them in this order: libeay32 first.

Another combination I often use is:
LoadFile "C:/MySQL/bin/libmysql.dll"
LoadModule php5_module "C:/PHP/php5apache2_2.dll"

This ensures that PHP uses the MySQL client library in C:\MySQL\bin\ and no other.
No need to copy libmysql.dll into the Apache \bin directory (or even worse - copy it into System32 which IMHO is an evil practice!)

Finally, if you ever want to examine a running Apache httpd process and see exactly which .dll files it is using
- the Microsoft Process Explorer utility is worth knowing about.

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James Blond

Joined: 19 Jan 2006
Posts: 7309
Location: Germany, Next to Hamburg

PostPosted: Fri 11 May '07 7:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom you made a good catch with that! The idea to load the right libmysql.dll for php is great. I only loaded libxml2.dll for mod proxy html.

A+ for that idea
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