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I'm trying to install libtorrent, rtorrent and rutorrent. I'm at the stage of installing rutorrent, and their wiki says I have to put this location block in my config file:

location /RPC2 {
    include scgi_params;
    scgi_pass unix:/tmp/rpc.sock;

This is my entire config block for this server:

server {
    listen 80;
    server_name localhost;
    access_log /home/whitey/sites/localhost/logs/access.log;
    error_log /home/whitey/sites/localhost/logs/error.log;
    root /home/whitey/sites/localhost/htdocs;
    index index.html index.php /index.php;

    location / { 


    location ~ \.php$ {
        fastcgi_pass unix:/tmp/phpfpm.sock;
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME  $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
        include fastcgi_params;

    location ~* \.(?:ico|css|js|gif|jpe?g|png)$ {
        expires max;

    location /RPC2 {
        include scgi_params;
        scgi_pass unix:/tmp/rpc.sock;

When I rebooted nginx for the new config to take effect, I got this error:

$ sudo /etc/init.d/nginx start
Starting nginx: nginx: [emerg] unknown directive "scgi_pass" in /etc/nginx/conf.d/localhost.conf:24
nginx: configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf test failed

Now, the SCGI module for nginx has been built by default since version 0.8.42, this is the output from nginx -v: nginx version: nginx/1.1.19

Any help is appreciated, thanks.

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find /etc/nginx/ -name scgi_params? – quanta Aug 13 '12 at 15:07
gives me /etc/nginx/scgi_params – James Linton Aug 13 '12 at 15:50
Which distro are you running? How did you install Nginx? – quanta Aug 13 '12 at 16:51
up vote 0 down vote accepted

Since your above config is put into /etc/nginx/conf.d/localhost.conf and scgi_params located at /etc/nginx, therefore Nginx cannot find out the included file.

Using absolute path instead:

location /RPC2 {
    include /etc/nginx/scgi_params;
    scgi_pass unix:/tmp/rpc.sock;
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Getting there, but now I get a new error: unknown directive "scgi_param" in /etc/nginx/scgi_params:1 Here's the entire scgi_params file: – James Linton Aug 13 '12 at 16:32
How did you solve this? – quanta Aug 14 '12 at 2:30

for me it was that my nginx (~0.7 in squeeze) doesnt come with SCGI module

but there is a nginx-full package in backports that does !

i installed it, and now it starts up fine

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