I have installed FastCGI using yum, and edited my lighttpd.conf, but when restarting the server I receive this error.

2009-06-24 12:44:43: (log.c.97) server started 
2009-06-24 12:44:43: (mod_fastcgi.c.924) bind failed for: unix:/var/run/lighttpd/php-fastcgi.socket-0 No such file or directory 
2009-06-24 12:44:43: (mod_fastcgi.c.1365) [ERROR]: spawning fcgi failed. 
2009-06-24 12:44:43: (server.c.902) Configuration of plugins failed. Going down. 

The concerned part of my lighttpd.conf is:

fastcgi.server             = ( ".php" =>
                               ( "localhost" =>
                                  #"socket" => "/var/run/lighttpd/php-fastcgi.socket",
                                  #"bin-path" => "/usr/bin/php-cgi"
                                   "socket" => "/tmp/php-fastcgi.socket",
                                   "bin-path" => "/usr/bin/php-cgi"

Thanks ever so much.


Check that lighttpd has permission to write to /var/run/lighttpd


Got Fixed with following changes:

  • mkdir /var/run/lighttpd
  • touch /var/run/lighttpd/php-fastcgi.socket
  • chown -R lighttpd:lighttpd /var/run/lighttpd

Where lighttpd is the username.

Updating socket in lighttpd.conf to point to /var/run/lighttpd/php-fastcgi.socket solves the problem.

unix:/var/run/lighttpd/php-fastcgi.socket-0 No such file or directory


The answer is

mkdir -p /var/run/lighttpd/

chown lighttpd /var/run/lighttpd

See http://www.kernelhardware.org/lighttpd-and-centos-5/

touch /tmp/php-fastcgi.socket

Just create the file with the above command.

EDIT: Either your using old log output or your conf is newer. Either way create /var/run/lighttpd/php-fastcgi.socket-0 or the above.



Verify that the /tmp/php-fastcgi.socket file exists, and if it doesn't, run

# touch /tmp/php-fastcgi.socket

then make sure the permissions and ownership/groups are set right with chmod/chown/chgrp. On my server that'd be:

# chmod 664 /tmp/php-fastcgi.socket
# chgrp websrv /tmp/php-fastcgi.socket

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