I'm using php-fpm through Nginx.

My nginx.conf can be found here: http://pastebin.com/Nu9iD8Km
It includes a file found here: http://pastebin.com/ece4cwXF
My php-fpm.conf can be found here (all the options omitted are the default): http://pastebin.com/70fBE30E
My fastcgi_params file is similar to the default, but adds this line, following a recommendation on the web: fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;

I keep getting blank pages instead of PHP scripts, but static stuff loads fine. What's weird is that I'm not getting 404 errors - my browser tells me that the status code is 200 OK.

Neither nginx or php-fpm's logs turn up anything interesting. What may be causing this?

How can I fix this?

  • Update: now some scripts are working, but phpBB is still returning blank pages. How can I diagnose/fix this issue?
    – Kudu
    Apr 13, 2011 at 21:13
  • Finally got lazy and used the php-fpm PPA.
    – Kudu
    Apr 19, 2011 at 13:48

2 Answers 2


My php section looks like this:

        location ~ \.php$ {
            include fastcgi_params;
            fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
            fastcgi_pass unix:/dev/shm/php-fastcgi.socket;

My listen directive in php-fpm.conf this:

listen = /dev/shm/php-fastcgi.socket

Could you also provide your php-fpm.conf? If the error still exists, please enable logging in fpm and provide fpm logs:

php_admin_value[error_log] = /var/log/fpm-php.www.log
php_admin_flag[log_errors] = on
  • Added php-fpm.conf to original question. The PHP log file (fpm-php.www.log) isn't even being created, so I guess it's not logging anything, since it doesn't return any file-related errors in the main FPM log.
    – Kudu
    Apr 13, 2011 at 20:49
  • Now it's been created, due to a script error.
    – Kudu
    Apr 13, 2011 at 21:13
  • ok, and still no errors inside the logfiles? Could you enable also "php_flag[display_errors] = on" in your php-fpm.conf? Afterwards, still white page and no error on your page neither in fpm-php.log or nginx error log?
    – shakalandy
    Apr 13, 2011 at 21:17

I had similar issue - blank pages without warning - short_open_tag = On solved the problem. Check php.ini short_open_tag is it ON or OFF? If you use shortcuts like <?=$test?> or if you open tags with just <? it should be set to ON.

  • Thanks, but that's not it - I'm trying to get phpBB to work, and it uses long/regular <?php ?> tags
    – Kudu
    Apr 13, 2011 at 20:40
  • Do you have display_errors = On in your php.ini?
    – Paxxil
    Apr 14, 2011 at 14:11
  • Is there a way for PHP fpm to report errors like these instead of forcing the developer to run in circles to figure out what happened? Thanks! Jan 2, 2021 at 12:12

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