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Old 01-07-2013, 06:49 PM   #1
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Lighttpd + php_cgi = 403 Forbidden?

I installed lighttpd+php-cgi to a Debian Squeeze server, and ran "lighty-enable-mod fastcgi-php" and then "/etc/init.d/lighttpd force-reload". The result is that all the php files just give me "403 - forbidden".

"lighty-enable-mod fastcgi-php" added a file called "15-fastcgi-php.conf" to /etc/lighttpd/conf-enabled. The file looks like this:

# /usr/share/doc/lighttpd-doc/fastcgi.txt.gz

## Start an FastCGI server for php (needs the php5-cgi package)
fastcgi.server += ( ".php" => 
		"bin-path" => "/usr/bin/php-cgi",
		"socket" => "/tmp/php.socket",
		"max-procs" => 1,
		"bin-environment" => ( 
			"PHP_FCGI_CHILDREN" => "4",
			"PHP_FCGI_MAX_REQUESTS" => "10000"
		"bin-copy-environment" => (
			"PATH", "SHELL", "USER"
		"broken-scriptfilename" => "enable"
In /var/log/lighttpd/error.log it says:

(log.c.166) server started 
(server.c.961) WARNING: unknown config-key: fastcgi.server (ignored)
In addition to that I have done no other configuration procedures. HTML files work fine, but php's don't. The scripts reside under /var/www/ and are owned by www-data:www-data (exactly like the html files too). The permissions should also be sufficient (-rw-r--r--). Any help?


And immediately after posting I got it fixed. You also need to enable module fastcgi in addition to fastcgi-php

Last edited by alienDog; 01-07-2013 at 06:58 PM. Reason: Solved
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