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Unfortunately, its back to the techie stuff for a few posts!

Here are my crib notes on installing NGinx on one of our client servers.

Add spawn-fcgi (cos its split from litettpd now)

cd /downloads
svn co svn:// spawn-fcgi

No svn..grrr

apt-get install subversion subversion-tools
svn co svn:// spawn-fcgi
cd spawn-fcgi
make install

spawn-fcgi should be happily installed in /usr/local/bin/spawn-fcgi now

make sure we have php5-cgi
apt-get install php5-cgi

Check spawn-fcgi runs –
In my case not, had to rebuild eAccelerator @#$@#$!, did that, and all ok

/bin/spawn-fcgi -f /usr/bin/php5-cgi -a -p 53217 -P /var/run/

Note port 53217 can be any unused port from some high unused number though to 65535
We’re going to be installing NGinx from debian packages, but probably better from source long term…

apt-get install nginx

pico /etc/nginx/nginx.conf

change some default settings

user www-data;
worker_processes 1;

error_log /var/log/nginx/error.log;
pid /var/run/;

events {
worker_connections 1024;

http {
include /etc/nginx/mime.types;
default_type application/octet-stream;

access_log /var/log/nginx/access.log;

sendfile on;
#tcp_nopush on;

#keepalive_timeout 0;
keepalive_timeout 5;
tcp_nodelay on;

client_max_body_size 8m;

gzip on;
gzip_comp_level 9;
gzip_types text/plain text/html text/css text/xml application/xml application/xml+rss text/javascript application/x-javascript;

include /etc/nginx/conf.d/*.conf;
include /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/*;

Now we add our virtual hosts in /etc/nginx/sites-available

pico /etc/nginx/sites-available

Lastly, we add our fast-cgi settings, using our port from above 53217

fastcgi stuff here

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When I get time, I go through the logs and check out how the servers are doing.

One thing that I haven’t really done recently is to optimize the way things are configured.
The typical solution in most scenario’s is to throw faster hardware at things (something we do when necessary!), but sometimes a few minutes configuration can help speed things up tremendously.

Below are some tips for optimizing apache a little.

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