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Lighttpd on FreeBSD

(If you don't want PHP skip step 2)

Step 1. Verify ports installation

You should have a recent ports tree installed on your system. If you have not updated your ports tree recently, please do so before continuing. If you do not have a ports tree installed, you can use the portsnap utility to install or update it. I find this to be an extreemly quick way (under 15 minutes on a decent broadband connection) to install the full ports tree. And you don't even have to worry about cvsup or setting up configuration files.

Download most recent ports snapshot:


$ sudo portsnap fetch
   or
# portsnap fetch

Example output:


Looking up portsnap.FreeBSD.org mirrors... 2 mirrors found.
Fetching public key from portsnap1.FreeBSD.org... done.
Fetching snapshot tag from portsnap1.FreeBSD.org... done.
Fetching snapshot metadata... done.
Fetching snapshot generated at Fri Mar 16 19:19:25 CDT 2007:
dbc38dfcfd2f738fc6ffa7c9d6b1b583982a39c19db371 32% of   46 MB  212 kBps 02m33s
 (... download continues ...)
dbc38dfcfd2f738fc6ffa7c9d6b1b583982a39c19db371100% of   46 MB  202 kBps 00m00s
Extracting snapshot... done.
Verifying snapshot integrity... done.
Fetching snapshot tag from portsnap1.FreeBSD.org... done.
Fetching snapshot metadata... done.
Updating from Fri Mar 16 19:19:25 CDT 2007 to Sat Mar 17 04:02:50 CDT 2007.
Fetching 3 metadata patches.. done.
Applying metadata patches... done.
Fetching 0 metadata files... done.
Fetching 19 patches.....10.... done.
Applying patches... done.
Fetching 4 new ports or files... done.*

Extract snapshot:


 $ sudo portsnap extract
   or
 # portsnap extract

Example output:


 (... a lot of directories ...)
/usr/ports/x11/xsnow/
/usr/ports/x11/xstarroll/
/usr/ports/x11/xstroke/
/usr/ports/x11/xtacy/
/usr/ports/x11/xtattr/
/usr/ports/x11/xterm/
/usr/ports/x11/xtermcontrol/
/usr/ports/x11/xtermset/
/usr/ports/x11/xtestpicture/
/usr/ports/x11/xtoolwait/
/usr/ports/x11/xtrlock/
/usr/ports/x11/xtset/
/usr/ports/x11/xvattr/
/usr/ports/x11/xvkbd/
/usr/ports/x11/xwatchwin/
/usr/ports/x11/xwit/
/usr/ports/x11/xxkb/
/usr/ports/x11/xzoom/
/usr/ports/x11/yakuake/
/usr/ports/x11/yalias/
/usr/ports/x11/yelp/
/usr/ports/x11/zenity/
Building new INDEX files... done.

Step 2. Install PHP 5


cd /usr/ports/lang/php5

$ sudo make config
   or
# make config

Verify that CGI and FastCGI are checked (default), and you want to enable REDIRECT as well. Choose ok. (Perhaps discard-path support as well?)

Now to compile and install it:


$ sudo make install clean
   or
# make install clean

Step 3. Install lighttpd


cd /usr/ports/www/lighttpd

$ sudo make config
   or
# make config

Verify whatever options you want for your installation of lighttpd.

Now to compile and install it:


$ sudo make install clean
   or
# make install clean

Step 4. Post install configuration

Refer to TutorialLighttpdAndPHP for more fun.