[FASTCGI] FastCgiExternalServer Config

Daniel Lo wilburlo at gmail.com
Sun Mar 15 16:30:08 EDT 2009

I have never used the FastCgiExternalServer variable, but I suspect that it is
the URI that is being sent as part of the URI to the DESTINATION server.

Your destination server may not have the mod_dir (DirectoryIndex) setup, which
would explain why index.php works, but not /.

I hope this helps...


Saturday, March 14, 2009, 3:36:45 PM, you wrote:

> Hi, I'm still struggling with this. Can  anyone please help?

> Thanks

> --------------
> Hi,
> I am currently setting up a apache2 webserver, with fastcgi to run php.
> Php 5.2.8 and apache2 has been install correctly , with all the requires
> flags.

> I wish to run an FastCgiExternalServer.

> After googling away for a while, I found inconsistent information,
> from multiple sources,containing to the FastCgiExternalServer directive's
> filename parameter.

> As I understand it , the external server runs on its own , thus, apache2
> does not run any script connecting to it, and the fastcgi mod redirects all
> requests to the external server.

> The main two explanations for the filename parameter I found is
> 1)That filename a virtual script, that doesn't need to exist on either the
> local or the external server, basically a variable name so that apache2
> sends all requests for it to the external server.

> Having set it up like this,

> FastCgiExternalServer "/var/www/localhost/fastcgi/php-fastcgi" -host
> AddType "application/x-httpd-fastphp .php"
> Action application/x-httpd-fastphp "/var/www/localhost/fastcgi/php-fastcgi"

> I both created an script at the location, and left it empty.

> All requests received  gives an 404 error , to the likes of
> "/var/www/localhost/fastcgi/php-fastcgi/index.php doesn't exist"

> 2) That filename directive should be the document root.
> Having set it up like this,

> FastCgiExternalServer "/var/www/localhost/htdocs/" -host
> AddType "application/x-httpd-fastphp .php"
> Action application/x-httpd-fastphp "/var/www/localhost/htdocs/"

> Request to the domain name , eg www.fluffy.com will result in an "No input
> file specified"  error. However www.fluffy.com/index.php will show up
> perfectly if index.php is an simple script (not requiring multiple other
> documents, eg <?php phpinfo(); phpinfo(INFO_MODULES);?>).

> Could someone please explain the correct parameter for filename,
> as well as the corresponding Action directive, or any other information
> as to were I went wrong.

> Thanks a lot.

> Reino Mostert

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Best regards,
 Daniel                            mailto:wilburlo at gmail.com

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