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From Julien Cigar <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] FastCgiExternalServer, PHP
Date Tue, 06 Jul 2010 07:45:41 GMT
On 07/06/2010 08:28, Richard Hector wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm getting really confused - the docs on FastCGI seem a little skimpy,
> and other resources are how various people may have made it work, and I
> haven't managed to get a configuration that works yet.
> My objective is to run a particular PHP site as a particular user, for
> security reasons. My understanding is that I can't use SuExec for
> mod_php, so I have to use CGI or FastCGI, of which FastCGI is faster :-)
> It seems that FastCgiExternalServer keeps everything nicely separated,
> so that's the choice I'm going with at the moment.
> Now is the point at which I get lost, because there are so many
> different configs thrown up by google.
> Some use Alias directives, some use AddType and Action directives; some
> use real-looking paths for the first argument to FastCgiExternalServer
> and others don't.
> I'm pretty sure I got to a point where everything worked, except that a
> url with no path didn't return index.php - the DirectoryIndex directive
> appeared to have no effect, and php tried to run with no content.
> Unfortunately I don't have that config working at the moment; I've
> hacked around a bit aimlessly and lost track - and anyway, I should
> really replicate it without client details before posting a config on
> here.
> So what I guess I'm asking for is a simple config that works, of which I
> can ask explanations of the bits I don't understand - I think that's the
> real problem with all the bits I've found, is that there are minimal
> explanations of _why_ a particular directive is used, and why.
> I'll try to get an experimental config up a bit later (hometime here
> now).
> Oh - the other thing is I need to support this in a Name based
> VirtualHost - and only one. The other sites should continue to work on
> mod_php, if that's possible.
> I'm running Debian Lenny (Apache 2.2.9, PHP 5.2.6).
> That's probably a big fail for 'Asking smart questions' -
> sorry :-( Hopefully I'll be more coherent tomorrow, but I figured I'd
> take advantage of my timezone difference from most of the world by
> getting this out there now :-)
> Thanks,
> Richard

I answered something like this on the fbsd mailing list a year ago:

hope it helps ..

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