Versions of Apache before 2.4 always had a "MultiProcessing
Module" (MPM) statically built in, which manages the worker
threads/processes. We do not care which one, as it is
largely a performance issue, and we put only a light load on
the server during our testing.

As of Apache 2.4, the MPM module is loadable just like any
other module, but exactly one such module must be loaded. On
a system where the MPMs are compiled dynamically (e.g.,
Debian unstable), this means that our test Apache server
will not start unless we provide the appropriate

Unfortunately, we do not actually know which MPM modules are
available or appropriate for the system on which the tests
are running. This patch picks the "prefork" module, as it
is likely to be available on all Unix-like systems.

Signed-off-by: Jeff King <>
 t/lib-httpd/apache.conf | 3 +++
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

diff --git a/t/lib-httpd/apache.conf b/t/lib-httpd/apache.conf
index 4883b8c..56ae548 100644
--- a/t/lib-httpd/apache.conf
+++ b/t/lib-httpd/apache.conf
@@ -57,6 +57,9 @@ ErrorLog error.log
 <IfModule !mod_access_compat.c>
        LoadModule access_compat_module modules/
+<IfModule !mod_mpm_prefork.c>
+       LoadModule mpm_prefork_module modules/
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