If you mention a system that constantly updates, you should consider Debian's unstable as well, and not just stable.
As for daily checks: take a look at, e.g. logwatch, sxid.
Anyway, on Debian using apache with worker.c is as easy as:
apt-cache search apache| grep worker
apt-get install apache2-mpm-worker
Tested on Sarge.
And rebuilding from source is quite simple:
As root: apt-get build-deb apache2
apt-get source apache2
[patch whatever you want]
You get a nice deb to install on your system, along with its source so you'll be able to reproduce that build later.
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