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minimal webserver

I want to run a simple web server on my linux box.

I don't have root access or anything. 

I don't think I want apache.  Too much, too many files. Too much configuration.

This is on the intranet.  Behind a firewall.

What is the simplest linux webserver with CGI support?
Benny Kravin
Friday, May 11, 2007 ?

Though if you don't have root, is it really "your" box?  ;)
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Saturday, May 12, 2007
No it's not really my box. It's a box I use at work. I'd run on a non-standard port.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Take a look at Abyss Web Server (CGI/FastCGI/etc...). No root access is required and its setup takes a few seconds on Linux:
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Initial problems with lighty.

No sample.conf in the make install tree.

Copied one over from the src.  It complains about a line
in the conf file that uses a regular expression.  PCRE not compiled in.  Remove.

Point at a perl script with .cgi.  Shows the script text.

Uncomment mod_cgi in conf. Restart. Same.

Recomment mod_cgi in conf. Uncomment config-key cgi.assign.  WARNING: unknown config key on start-up.

Giving up on lighty....
Saturday, May 12, 2007
went with apache.  would still like something more minimal.
Saturday, May 12, 2007

some oddball stuff, but you might find something.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Try nginx (
English documentation:
Monday, May 14, 2007

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