Build dynamic modules on AIX: IBM HTTP Server
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Applies to AIX

Build Dynamic Modules on AIX Using Makefile.exmpl

Four files are required to build any module. These files are contained in the directory /usr/HTTPServer/example_module.

  • mod_example.c - Sample module
  • Makefile.exmpl - Makefile for example Dynamic Shared Object Modules (DSOs)
  • httpd.exp - Export file for Apache and IHS functions
  • mod_example.exp - Sample module export file (Required for AIX)

To build a module:

  1. Install the server.
  2. Copy the entire example_module directory to your build directory.
  3. Switch to the build directory.
  4. Copy your module.c file to the build directory
  5. .
  6. Rename Makefile.exmpl to Makefile
  7. Edit Makefile and make the following changes:
    • Replace SRCFILE with the name of the source file, without the extension.
    • Replace PATHTOEXMPL with the path to the build directory.

      Note: The Makefile expects a source module EXPORT file based on the SRCFILE. For example, mod_example.exp

  8. Issue the make command.
  9. Copy the resulting .so file to /usr/HTTPServer/libexec.
  10. Add LoadModule and AddModule directives to httpd.conf, along with any module-specific directives.
  11. Restart the server.

For an example, switch to /usr/HTTPServer/example_module and run the make command. This commands acts on the mod_example.c sample file and results in creating a .so file for mod_example. To build your own module, use the sample file (mod_example.c) as a template.

Using the APXS Script

The compiler flags and link flags are already set for AIX in the APXS script.


apxs -o -c *.c -bE: mod_example.exp

Note: The APXS script for AIX has an additional required option:

be: filename.exp

Failure to include this option on the APXS script results in the following message:
ld: 0711-244 ERROR: No csects or exported symbols have been saved
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Build Dynamic Shared Object Modules (DSOs) or Dynamic Link Libraries (DLLs) with IHS

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