I'm running into some trouble figuring out how I should handle something under FastCGI that worked pretty easily under mod_php. Before I was using SetEnv to pass options from my VirtualHost directive to my PHP application. For example:

SetEnv MYAPP_LOGGING_ROOT "/usr/local/myapp/logs"

I was able to access this value from $_SERVER['MYAPP_LOGGING_ROOT'] and it was a pretty convenient way to do manage this. However, this value is not being passed to my PHP application in a FastCGI environment.

I tried the following but it does not appear to be passing all the way down to my PHP application either:

FcgidInitialEnv MYAPP_LOGGING_ROOT "/usr/local/myapp/logs"

Am I missing something simple or do I need to be doing something more complex?


SetEnv work with mod-fcgid. My config:

    <Directory /var/www/>
            Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
            AllowOverride None
            Order allow,deny
            allow from all
            FCGIWrapper /usr/lib/cgi-bin/php5
            AddHandler fcgid-script .php
            Options ExecCGI Indexes
            SetEnv MYAPP_LOGGING_ROOT "/usr/local/myapp/logs"




curl localhost/foo.php 
string(21) "/usr/local/myapp/logs"
  • Your answer encouraged me to do some more debugging and found that there was an error elsewhere in my code that was obscuring my original SetEnv command. – Beau Simensen Mar 2 '11 at 5:14

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