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L1nuxn00b703 12-07-2010 07:38 PM

FastCGI and cgi-bin
Hi all,
Can someone explain what FASTcgi and /cgi-bin are in layman terms? I'm having a hard time understanding reading all the google posts. Thanks everyone.

AlucardZero 12-07-2010 07:47 PM

FastCGI is a fast way of running CGI scripts.

cgi-bin is a central place for your CGI scripts.

Did you have a more specific question?

L1nuxn00b703 12-07-2010 08:14 PM

Hi AlucardZero, thanks for the reply. I not too familiar with with fastcgi or what cgi scripts are? could you fill me in layman terms pls? also, how do you install fastcgi?? via yum?

AlucardZero 12-07-2010 09:33 PM


The Common Gateway Interface (CGI) is a standard (see RFC 3875: CGI Version 1.1) that defines how web server software can delegate the generation of web pages to a text-based application. Such applications are known as CGI scripts; they can be written in any programming language, although scripting languages are often used.

In other words, CGI is what glues the Web server software to the programs that generate dynamic Web pages.


also, how do you install fastcgi?? via yum?
No idea, are you using RedHat 5/6 or a RedHat-based distro or something else? Is fastcgi in the repositories for your distro (yum list available | grep fastcgi)? If so, yes. If no, you install it from source.

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