Apache and FastCGI

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Installation

There are two FastCGI modules for Apache:

They both have permissive licenses (custom for mod_fastcgi and GPL for mod_fcgid) and they are both available in the official repositories.

Apache 2.4 (available in the official repositories as apache) now provides an official module, mod_proxy_fcgi. See configuration example for php-fpm.

mod_fastcgi

Install mod_fastcgi from the official repositories.

First you need to load the fastcgi module. Make sure that the following is present and uncommented in your httpd.conf:

LoadModule fastcgi_module modules/mod_fastcgi.so

Then you need to tell Apache when to use FastCGI.

For example you can ask Apache to treat all .fcgi files as fastcgi applications:

<IfModule fastcgi_module>
  AddHandler fastcgi-script .fcgi # you can put whatever extension you want
</IfModule>

Remember that standard CGI restrictions apply, files must be in an ExecCGI enabled directory to execute.

mod_fcgid

Install mod_fcgid from the official repositories.

First you need to load the fastcgi module. Make sure that the following is present and uncommented in your httpd.conf:

LoadModule fcgid_module modules/mod_fcgid.so

Then you need to tell Apache when to use FastCGI.

For example you can ask Apache to treat all .fcgi files as fastcgi applications:

<IfModule fcgid_module>
  AddHandler fcgid-script .fcgi # you can put whatever extension you want
</IfModule>

Remember that standard CGI restrictions apply, files must be in an ExecCGI enabled directory to execute.

Troubleshooting

It doesn't work? Apache error log (/var/log/httpd/error_log) should help you find the problem.

See also