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Replacing apache...rpm with apache source build.

I need some help understanding the correct procedure for replacing an
existing rpm install with  apache_1.3.6.tar.gz. I have a web with some
~/user webs that are being served and don't want to pull these down
until I've got the new server configured and working.

Is it feasible to have both versions installed without creating a
nightmare. I know this question is terribly general but it's all pretty
new to me. I guess if they both share the same directory tree then it's
not possible because I would have to overwrite existing files. I intend
to install the source to /usr/local/ so I am hopeful that the entire
directory tree will follow suit under usr/local.

The reason I am doing this is because I need to build a secure server
and it appears to me that once the source is built, it will be easier to

deal with adding modules to the source build than to the rpm. At least
I've been able to find help files that refer to working with source
configurations. Maybe I am in the weeds on this thought. If anyone has
some URLs for me to check, please fire them my way.

Thanks much for any suggestions.

ron parker