I'm trying to install phusion passenger nginx module, but it fails

# passenger-install-nginx-module

* Curl development headers with SSL support... not found


yum install curl-devel

Setting up Install Process
Package curl-devel-7.15.5-9.el5.x86_64 already installed and latest version
Package curl-devel-7.15.5-9.el5.i386 already installed and latest version
Nothing to do

What else needs to be done?
I use: CentOS 5.2, Phusion Passenger version 3.0.0, nginx/0.8.53

# gcc -v
Using built-in specs.
Target: x86_64-redhat-linux
Configured with: ../configure --prefix=/usr --mandir=/usr/share/man --infodir=/usr/share/info --enable-shared --enable-t
hreads=posix --enable-checking=release --with-system-zlib --enable-__cxa_atexit --disable-libunwind-exceptions --enable-
libgcj-multifile --enable-languages=c,c++,objc,obj-c++,java,fortran,ada --enable-java-awt=gtk --disable-dssi --enable-pl
ugin --with-java-home=/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.4.2-gcj- --with-cpu=generic --host=x86_64-redhat-linux
Thread model: posix
gcc version 4.1.2 20080704 (Red Hat 4.1.2-48)
  • Does the curl-devel package install headers with SSL support? That would be one explanation of the error. Another might be that the package installed the libraries into a directory passenger-install-nginx-module isn't checking, e.g. /usr/local/lib rather than /usr/lib, but I don't rate that possibility very high.
    – pjmorse
    Oct 20, 2010 at 16:04

5 Answers 5


yum install libcurl-devel


Install these:

yum install zlib-devel e2fsprogs-devel krb5-devel


Refer to code.google.com/p/phusion-passenger/issues/detail?id=554 for a discussion of this issue.

Particularly, Comment 4: code.google.com/p/phusion-passenger/issues/detail?id=554#c4

The installer is hiding useful error messages. I was getting the same error on CentOS 5.3 with curl and curl-devel 7.15.5 installed.

I solved this problem by installing:

zlib-devel e2fsprogs-devel krb5-devel


It is actually libcurl-dev instead of libcurl-devel.

  • > It is actually libcurl-dev instead of libcurl-devel. is that for Debian (Debian-like) systems? The poster is asking about CentOS
    – user62363
    Dec 2, 2010 at 19:41
  • At least on my system, CentOS 6, with the repos I have installed, it's libcurl-devel. Didn't fix my problem, but still... :)
    – rinogo
    Dec 4, 2014 at 21:02

sudo apt-get install libcurl4-openssl-dev

  • 1
    This is a Cent OS related question and Cent OS uses yum as default, not apt-get. Also, this question has accepted answer from 2010, so this isn't adding any value at all. Mar 21, 2015 at 23:14

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