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From Eric Covener <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] How does this configuration work?
Date Thu, 03 Nov 2016 19:19:07 GMT
On Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 3:06 PM, Jason Brooks <> wrote:

> Hello,
> So, the need to make sense of this is not an issue: I will be using the
> mod_proxy_fcgi to use php-fpm.  I am just curious.
> While trying various configurations to get php-fpm to work, I found the
> following conundrum: the following configuration should NOT work but it
> does...
> Here is the apache configuration snippet derived from this site
> <> dated
> last August.
> <Directory /usr/lib/cgi-bin>
> Require all granted
>  </Directory>
>  <IfModule mod_fastcgi.c>
> AddHandler php7-fcgi .php
> Action php7-fcgi /php7-fcgi virtual
> Alias /php7-fcgi /usr/lib/cgi-bin/php7-fcgi
> ​​
> FastCgiExternalServer /usr/lib/cgi-bin/php7-fcgi -socket
> /var/run/php/php7.0-fpm.sock -pass-header Authorization
> </IfModule>
> Here is the php-fpm www pool socket definition as configured
> out-of-the-box:
> listen = /run/php/php7.0-fpm.sock
> My test php script calls phpinfo() only.  It works.  It’s not clear how it
> works.
> Apache opens /var/run/php/php7.0-fpm.sock
> php-fpm opens /run/php/php7.0-fpm.sock
> removal of either file causes php not to work.
> When I point apache to the socket file php-fpm opens, it does not work.
> HOW?  How does apache manage to connect to php-fpm when the defined socket
> paths do not make sense?  As far as I know, the unix socket file is simply
> opened and read/written to: there’s no way to tell linux “connect both
> files to each other” from within a program...

​Action+AddHandler tells Apache to send requests for *.php as a parameter
to another URL, /php7-fcgi​

​The Alias maps that to an imaginary place in the filesystem, because:
  mod_fastcgi compares the ​mapped path to its list of
FastCgiExternalServers and sends the request to the app on the other end of
the socket

Eric Covener

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