[Mono-aspnet-list] Apache, mod_mono, mod-mono-server, XSP relationship

Jay McMeans jay.mcmeans at sevis.com
Thu May 7 14:04:05 EDT 2009

I have read a number of articles and forum posts about running ASP.Net with
Mono.  I am being asked by management to provide a component view of the
server processes / components.  I am having a hard time putting that
together from the information I have read.

I know that mod-mono hooks itself into Apache so that any .aspx request is
handed over to mod-mono.  mod-mono then sends a request over to
mod-mono-server over TCP/IP, which is running outside of Apache, to serve up
the page.  I also know that mod-mono-server somehow uses XSP to help it
serve the page to the browser.

The things that I do not understand are:

1. Does XSP actually serve the info back to the browser or does it somehow
hand it back to Apache to return to the browser?

2. Which component (mod-mono, mod-mono-server, XSP) compiles the .aspx?

3. Where do ASP.Net Web Services run?  Apache, mod-mono-server, XSP, ...?

4. Is there some sort of diagram somewhere, that I have not found, that
shows the data / communications / component information for all of this

Please, let's not have any posts about, "If you would just read the docs",
"These are stupid questions", "That has been covered multiple times in this
forum", etc.  I have done plenty of reading and searching.  There are
articles out there that contradict each other.  There are also a lot of
articles that simply assume that you already know a lot of stuff.  If I have
not found that Holy Grail article then please point me to it.  I just need
some good old fashioned help from knowledgeable people.

Thanks in advance for the help.
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