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Some time ago I installed Nginx and Passenger on Debian lenny with...

sudo apt-get install nginx
sudo gem install passenger
sudo passenger-install-nginx-module

This is what I get when I do nginx -V

nginx version: nginx/0.7.61
built by gcc 4.3.2 (Debian 4.3.2-1.1) 
configure arguments: --prefix=/opt/nginx --with-pcre=/tmp/pcre-7.8 --add-module=/usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/passenger-2.2.5/ext/nginx

Now I want to add SSL support to Nginx, what's the best, simplest way to do it?

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Use the HttpSSLModule for nginx? Should be build into the nginx package and you can setup using the config here

  listen 443 default_server ssl;
  ssl_certificate      /usr/local/nginx/conf/cert.pem;
  ssl_certificate_key  /usr/local/nginx/conf/cert.key;

inside your server{} config block.


Using passenger-install-nginx-module will by default install nginx from source. To install the SSL module, you will need to download the source yourself. You can download the source yourself using wget -O - | tar -zx -C /tmp/ to extract the source to /tmp/nginx-0.7.69. Then rerun sudo passenger-install-nginx-module. Select option 2 (advanced) to pass extra arguments to the configure script. When prompted, enter /tmp/nginx-0.7.69 as your source directory. You can keep /opt/nginx as the install directory. When prompted for extra arguments, enter --with-http_ssl_module. Confirm the configure line, then let it build and install.

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No, the SSL module is not there. Trying to use the ssl directive results in unknown directive. Using nginx -V doesn't show the SSL module. – Xavi Sep 10 '11 at 7:16
Odd, just looked up the package at and it depends on libssl, so the SSL module should be there, can you post the results of your nginx -V? Also, since lenny is on 0.6.32 of nginx, you would have to remove the default_server ssl directive as that is just for >=0.7.14. Instead, set ssl on; in your server {} block. – slillibri Sep 10 '11 at 7:52
Please, see the results of nginx -V in the (edited) original question. Actually Nginx is 0.7.61 . Maybe I updated Nginx, but I really don't remember. Anyway, the problem remains, SSL module is not installed. – Xavi Sep 10 '11 at 8:16
Sorry, maybe my notes about how I installed Nginx in this server are wrong, as dpkg -l '*' | grep nginx doesn't show anything, and I guess that means that I didn't install the package, but I installed it from source. – Xavi Sep 10 '11 at 8:35
Sorry, I wasn't paying attention. When you did sudo passenger-install-nginx-module, by default it will download a source version of nginx and compile it. You will need to redo this, but select option 2 (the advanced option) to pass the --with-http_ssl_module directive to nginx's configure script. For this you will need to download the source for nginx yourself from – slillibri Sep 10 '11 at 8:36

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