Do you know howto setup mailman+nginx+fcgiwrap+ubuntu/debian?, was: Bug in NginxHttpFcgiModule's fastcgi_split_path_info

Mark Alan varia at
Thu Nov 11 21:12:31 MSK 2010

On Thu, 11 Nov 2010 05:35:46 +0300,francis at wrote:

> Hi there,

Hi Francis,
I thank you for your attempt at trying to help me.

This problem reminds me of a similar one that was debated in this list
a few months ago regarding Nginx config to serve Drupal.
It was a mess (mostly because the Drupal way of doing things).
And then Igor Sysoev committed 'try_files' to Nginx and
things just got more manageable.

>At first glance, it looks to me as if nginx is doing exactly what you
>told it to. I suspect that a small reconfiguration of mailman will work
>for you.

Well, the truth is that Mailman works out of the box using Apache on
Ubuntu/Debian Linux, using a config file
named /etc/mailman/apache.conf, which includes these lines:
  ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/mailman/ /usr/lib/cgi-bin/mailman/
  Alias /pipermail/ /var/lib/mailman/archives/public/
  Alias /images/mailman/ /usr/share/images/mailman/

I have tried many changes to both my nginx config file and to mailman's
And, for instance, it almost does the job by just using:
	root /usr/lib/cgi-bin/mailman/;
	location = / {
		rewrite ^ /listinfo last;
	location /cgi-bin/mailman/ {
		rewrite ^ /$args;

But there are administrative areas that still do not work.

After an extensive search in the web, it seems that this same problem
surfaces from time to time and those who ask for help, either stop
using Nginx to serve Mailman, or just abandon the thread were they
asked for help in the first place.

It must be possible, as Nginx's own mailing lists are
managed by Mailman (although under FreeBSD).
But, as of Nov.2011, I have not found a single site with clear
instructions on howto setup a fully working Mailman using Ubuntu/Debian
+ Nginx + fcgiwrap (or any other cgi wrapper).

>To make things work for you, you could probably try a new "location
>/cgi-bin/ {}" block which rewrites to the same url without the
>"/cgi-bin" at the start.

I have already tried many combinations of that, but without
achieving a *fully* working setup.

>...remove the string "/cgi-bin" from two lines up there. (And you could
>probably even remove the "/mailman" too.)

Done that too, but also without success.

> Your nginx is not configured to serve from the /cgi-bin urls, but is
> from the others.

I agree, but having spent more than a few hours running in circles, I do
not know what else to change.
Sometimes Igor or Maxim just kick in and are able to sort it out.

> (Note: I haven't tested any of this.)

But at least you tried to help and did take the time to share your
ideas, and for that I thank you.


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