Nginx Issues

The other day, I had everything running nice and smoothly on Nginx, and it was remarkably faster.

I was about to port another site over which was heavy on uploads. So, instead of using Flash and having to use a FlashSessionCookieMiddleware in Rails, I decided to use the nginx-upload-progress-module¬†and use data straight back from the server to make a progress bar. This is where things started to get interesting…

I had originally installed Nginx via yum, so I had no ideas what modules they included in that particular distribution. After searching around for a while, I decided it would be best to just compile Nginx from source. I figured that this would give me the most up-to-date version, and I could add any additional modules I wanted.

I kept a copy of how yum configured Nginx when it installed to work from, and pretty much copied it verbatim and then added/removed modules as I went through.

--user=nginx --group=nginx --prefix=/usr/share/nginx --sbin-path=/usr/sbin/nginx --conf-path=/etc/nginx.conf --error-log-path=/var/log/nginx/error.log --http-log-path=/var/log/nginx/access.log --http-client-body-temp-path=/var/lib/nginx/tmp/client_body --http-proxy-temp-path=/var/lib/nginx/tmp/proxy --pid-path=/var/run/nginx.pid --lock-path=/var/lock/subsys/nginx --without-http_fastcgi_module --with-http_ssl_module --with-http_realip_module --with-http_addition_module --with-http_sub_module --with-http_dav_module --with-http_flv_module --with-http_gzip_static_module --with-http_stub_status_module --with-http_perl_module --with-mail --with-mail_ssl_module --with-cc-opt='-O2 -g -pipe -Wall -Wp,-D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2 -fexceptions -fstack-protector --param=ssp-buffer-size=4 -m32 -march=i386 -mtune=generic -fasynchronous-unwind-tables' --add-module=/opt/nginx-upload-module --add-module=/opt/nginx-upload-progress --add-module=/opt/nginx-upstream-fair

This is where I ran into all kinds of problems. It would configure, but would exit out with errors when I tried to make. After quite a long time searching, I decided to just give it a shot leaving out

--with-cc-opt parameters

.

It worked! Everything is back up and running smoothly. Hopefully this option was worth it.

So far, this is my first knock against Nginx. Unlike Apache, you can’t dynamically include modules.