Feature #1762


Added by Anonymous about 11 years ago. Updated almost 11 years ago.

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Hello. I was wondering about something;

On your front page, you claim that Wikipedia runs on lighttpd. Yet, Wikimedia information pages state no such thing. Even more, that page (namely clearly states that all content is compiled by Apache servers and cached & delivered by Squids.

Could you clarify on that?

Thank you.

-- Flo Sidler



Updated by nitrox about 11 years ago

curl -I

HTTP/1.0 200 OK

Content-Type: image/png

ETag: "6328830078231585647"

Accept-Ranges: bytes

Last-Modified: Tue, 26 Aug 2008 11:31:37 GMT

Content-Length: 15379

Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2008 16:23:47 GMT

Server: lighttpd/1.4.13

X-Cache: MISS from

X-Cache-Lookup: HIT from

X-Cache: HIT from

X-Cache-Lookup: HIT from

Age: 32

X-Cache: HIT from

X-Cache-Lookup: HIT from

Via: 1.0 (squid/2.6.STABLE21), 1.0 (squid/2.6.STABLE21), 1.0 (squid/2.6.STABLE21)

Connection: close

Sure some informations might be old, and they might have changed their setup, but atm. they are still using it for mostly static contents like pictures and stuff.


Updated by Anonymous about 11 years ago

It would seem that solely the server hosting images uses lighttpd. Supporting this is this graphic.

Isn't it a little deceptive to state lighttpd on its front page as it is now? It misleads readers into believing Wikipedia runs lighttpd as its primary HTTPd.

-- Flo Sidler


Updated by Anonymous about 11 years ago

As a regular user, I think the phrase "lighttpd powers several popular Web 2.0 sites like YouTube, wikipedia and meebo" is neither deceptive or inaccurate. To me, the term "powers" means it's used by, I never read it as something exclusive, as "Wikipedia runs on lighttpd". It's nearly impossible (not to mention confusing) to list each of those site's software stack, eg: "lighttpd powers several popular Web 2.0 sites like YouTube (along X, Y and Z), wikipedia (along Apache, Squid, Big-IP) and meebo (along X, Y and Z)"

In fact, on the same page, you can read a more detailed description of YouTube's and Wikipedia's usage of lighty, describing the "typical scenario" as "using lighttpd as off-load server to push out static content and leave to complex work to another server".


Updated by stbuehler about 11 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Fixed
  • Resolution set to invalid

I have nothing to add :)


Updated by Anonymous about 11 years ago

I still think it's misleading as it boasts lighttpd's prestige more than it should (not that it does not deserve it, but not from a vaguely true statement such as this).

But be that as it may, ..


Updated by stbuehler almost 11 years ago

  • Status changed from Fixed to Invalid

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