Fast CGI (spawn-fcgi / php-cgi) crashes/dies/hangs

Igor Sysoev igor at
Wed Dec 9 15:57:06 MSK 2009

On Wed, Dec 09, 2009 at 04:31:37AM -0800, Michael Shadle wrote:

> On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 1:01 AM, Igor Sysoev <igor at> wrote:
> > I believe FastCGI has appeared in circa 1999, when Apache's mod_php/mod_perl
> > were well known solutions, therefore, FastCGI was not widespread at those
> > times. FastCGI has got the second breath with lighttpd, then nginx.
> > BTW, initially I did not plan to support FastCGI: the first nginx's
> > FastCGI support has appeared in 0.1.14. At work we use mainly mod_perl
> > as a backend.
> I had looked it up on Wikipedia and it said "mid 90's" and I swore I
> had read 1994 somewhere. But it's been around long enough to be
> proven, albeit with some limitations (which is why people want things
> like SCGI)

Sorry, I missed, it's dated back 1996:

> You think Lighty brought new light to it? I was using Zeus for years
> before using Lighty and it required FastCGI too for PHP support. It's
> always been around, but maybe Lighty broke out so popular so quickly
> for a while there it really brought attention to it I guess.

I meant popularity.

Igor Sysoev

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