Installing NGINX from source

NGINX downloads are available for two separate branches of NGINX code—mainline and stable. The mainline branch is the one in which active development is taking place. Here is where new features will be found and integrated before finding their way into the stable branch. When a mainline version is released, it has undergone the same QA and a similar set of functional tests as the stable branch, so either branch may be used on production systems. The major difference between the two branches lies in the support of third-party modules. The internal API may change in the mainline release, whereas it stays the same on the stable branch, so backward compatibility for third-party modules is only available for stable releases. ...

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