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Installing Lighttpd With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Mandriva 2009.1


Lighttpd is a secure, fast, standards-compliant web server designed for speed-critical environments. This tutorial shows how you can install Lighttpd on a Mandriva 2009.1 server with PHP5 support (through FastCGI) and MySQL support.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

 

1 Preliminary Note

In this tutorial I use the hostname server1.example.com with the IP address 192.168.0.100. These settings might differ for you, so you have to replace them where appropriate.

 

2 Installing MySQL 5

First we install MySQL 5 like this:

urpmi MySQL MySQL-client

By default, networking is not enabled in Mandriva 2009’s MySQL package. We can change this by commenting out the line skip-networking in /etc/my.cnf:

vi /etc/my.cnf

[...]
# Don't listen on a TCP/IP port at all. This can be a security enhancement,
# if all processes that need to connect to mysqld run on the same host.
# All interaction with mysqld must be made via Unix sockets or named pipes.
# Note that using this option without enabling named pipes on Windows
# (via the "enable-named-pipe" option) will render mysqld useless!
#
#skip-networking
[...]

Afterwards, we start MySQL:

/etc/init.d/mysqld start

Now check that networking is enabled. Run

netstat -tap | grep mysql

The output should look like this:

[root@server1 ~]# netstat -tap | grep mysql
tcp        0      0 *:mysql-im                  *:*                         LISTEN      3172/mysqlmanager
tcp        0      0 *:mysql                     *:*                         LISTEN      3183/mysqld
[root@server1 ~]#

Next, run

mysqladmin -u root password yourrootsqlpassword
mysqladmin -h server1.example.com -u root password yourrootsqlpassword

to set a password for the user root (otherwise anybody can access your MySQL database!).

 

3 Installing Lighttpd

Lighttpd is available as a Mandriva package, therefore we can install it like this:

urpmi lighttpd

If you already have Apache installed, you should stop it now and remove Apache’s system startup links so that it cannot interfere with Lighttpd (you can run the following two commands even if you don’t know if you have Apache installed):

/etc/init.d/httpd stop
chkconfig httpd off

Then we start Lighttpd:

/etc/init.d/lighttpd start

Now direct your browser to http://192.168.0.100, and you should see the Mandriva placeholder page, served by Lighttpd:

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Lighttpd’s default document root is /var/www/html on Mandriva, and the configuration file is /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf.

 

4 Installing PHP5

We can make PHP5 work in Lighttpd through FastCGI. Therefore we install the package php-fcgi:

urpmi php-fcgi

5 Configuring Lighttpd And PHP5

To enable PHP5 in Lighttpd, we must modify two files, /etc/php.ini and /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf. First we open /etc/php.ini and set cgi.fix_pathinfo to 1:

vi /etc/php.ini

[...]
; cgi.fix_pathinfo provides *real* PATH_INFO/PATH_TRANSLATED support for CGI.  PHP's
; previous behaviour was to set PATH_TRANSLATED to SCRIPT_FILENAME, and to not grok
; what PATH_INFO is.  For more information on PATH_INFO, see the cgi specs.  Setting
; this to 1 will cause PHP CGI to fix it's paths to conform to the spec.  A setting
; of zero causes PHP to behave as before.  Default is 1.  You should fix your scripts
; to use SCRIPT_FILENAME rather than PATH_TRANSLATED.
cgi.fix_pathinfo=1
[...]

Then we open /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf and uncomment “mod_fastcgi”, in the server.modules stanza:

vi /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf

[…]
server.modules = (
# “mod_rewrite”,
# “mod_redirect”,
# “mod_alias”,
“mod_access”,
# “mod_cml”,
# “mod_trigger_b4_dl”,
# “mod_auth”,
# “mod_status”,
# “mod_setenv”,
“mod_fastcgi”,
# “mod_proxy”,
# “mod_simple_vhost”,
# “mod_evhost”,
# “mod_userdir”,
# “mod_cgi”,
# “mod_compress”,
# “mod_ssi”,
# “mod_usertrack”,
# “mod_expire”,
# “mod_secdownload”,
# “mod_rrdtool”,
“mod_accesslog” )
[…]

and then, further down the file, there’s a fastcgi.server stanza which we uncomment as well; furthermore we modify the bin-path line as follows:

[…]
#### fastcgi module
## read fastcgi.txt for more info
## for PHP don’t forget to set cgi.fix_pathinfo = 1 in the php.ini
fastcgi.server = ( “.php” =>
( “localhost” =>
(
“socket” => “/var/run/lighttpd/php-fastcgi.socket”,
“bin-path” => “/usr/bin/php-fcgi”
)
)
)
[…]

The socket line has the value /var/run/lighttpd/php-fastcgi.socket, but the directory /var/run/lighttpd doesn’t exist yet, therefore we create it now:

mkdir /var/run/lighttpd
chown apache:apache /var/run/lighttpd

Then we restart Lighttpd:

/etc/init.d/lighttpd restart
6 Testing PHP5 / Getting Details About Your PHP5 Installation

The document root of the default web site is /var/www/html. We will now create a small PHP file (info.php) in that directory and call it in a browser. The file will display lots of useful details about our PHP installation, such as the installed PHP version.

vi /var/www/html/info.php

<?php
phpinfo();
?>

Now we call that file in a browser (e.g. http://192.168.0.100/info.php):

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As you see, PHP5 is working, and it’s working through FastCGI, as shown in the Server API line. If you scroll further down, you will see all modules that are already enabled in PHP5. MySQL is not listed there which means we don’t have MySQL support in PHP5 yet.

 

7 Getting MySQL Support In PHP5

To get MySQL support in PHP, we can install the php-mysql package. It’s a good idea to install some other PHP5 modules as well as you might need them for your applications. You can search for available PHP5 modules like this:

urpmf php

Pick the ones you need and install them like this:

urpmi php-mysql php-mysqli php-bz2 php-calendar php-ctype php-curl php-devel php-dio php-dom php-eaccelerator php-enchant php-esmtp php-event php-exif php-fam php-ffmpeg php-fileinfo php-filepro php-ftp php-gd php-gettext php-gmp php-iconv php-id3 php-idn php-imap php-imlib2 php-mailparse php-mbstring php-mcache php-mcrypt php-mhash php-ming php-ncurses php-newt php-odbc php-oggvorbis php-pcntl php-pcre php-pear-Net_IDNA php-posix php-pspell php-readline php-recode php-session php-shmop php-simplexml php-snmp php-soap php-sockets php-sqlite php-ssh2 php-suhosin php-sysvmsg php-sysvsem php-sysvshm php-tclink php-tcpwrap php-tidy php-xml php-xmlrpc php-zip php-ini

Now restart Lighttpd:

/etc/init.d/lighttpd restart

Now reload http://192.168.0.100/info.php in your browser and scroll down to the modules section again. You should now find lots of new modules there, including the MySQL module:

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  • Lighttpd: http://www.lighttpd.net/
  • PHP: http://www.php.net/
  • MySQL: http://www.mysql.com/
  • Mandriva: http://www.mandriva.com/

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