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I have a newly installed FreeBSD OS and I need to install an Apache web-server on it. Need it to test some software. But I need not the last version but exactly apache-2.2.17_1. How can I do that? I'm new to FreeBSD and actaully have no idea where to start with.

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Why do you want an older version of Apache, with known security holes (see the list of CVEs fixed in Apache since 2.2.17)? – voretaq7 Jul 20 '12 at 20:38
@voretaq7, Really.I know that newer version mean less known bugs and security exploits. But I've asked about a certain version because I need it for tests. I thought it's kinda obvious from my question. – Regs Jul 20 '12 at 22:36
You say you need a specific version of the software, but you don't say WHY (which is important!). When someone asks me to point a loaded gun at their head I like to find out why they're asking for that. – voretaq7 Jul 21 '12 at 3:58
Actually I did say why right in the second sentence of my question. For software tests. You know... QA and such. – Regs Jul 21 '12 at 7:46
You've still given me no technical reason a newer version of Apache (in the 2.2.x family, 100% ABI compatible) would not work, and I've frankly lost interest in extracting that information from you. I was looking for a way to help you avoid manually building/maintaining an out-of-date & known buggy piece of software, but it's your environment... – voretaq7 Jul 21 '12 at 21:35

My recommendation is that you install the version of Apache available in the ports collection (currently 2.2.22) - this includes a number of bug and security fixes over the version of Apache you mentioned.
Instructions on how to do this can be found in the FreeBSD Handbook, which I suggest you read in its entirety, especially if you are new to FreeBSD. It will answer 99.9% of the questions you're likely to ask.

If you absolutely require a specific (older) version of Apache you can download the source from and build it manually. Explaining the Apache build process is beyond the scope of a Q&A site, but the Apache documentation would be a good starting place to learn more.

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So is there no other way other than building it from a source code? No kind of repository with older binaries? – Regs Jul 20 '12 at 22:44
@Regs Old software with known security problems isn't kept around for long, for what should be obvious reasons. You have some very odd requirements, it's going to be a bit uphill the whole way. – Chris S Jul 20 '12 at 23:18
Thanks for answer. Not good but will spend some time to build it myself. But never had those kind of an issues with proprietary soft :\ Even if it wasn't in public downloads support were always sending me just a version I need. Ah well... – Regs Jul 20 '12 at 23:29

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