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How do get PHP CGIs working with nginx on CentOS?

I want to use PHP via the FastCGI interface with nginx on CentOS. How do I do that?

yum install php-cli should get php-cgi installed. It landed in /usr/bin for me.
You need something to launch a php-cgi process 'cause nginx won't start processes for you. I put this in a shell script file:

export BIND=
export USER=nginx
export PHP_CGI=/usr/bin/php-cgi
nohup $PHP_CGI -b $BIND &

Don't forget to chmod it executable. You don't actually need to export some of those. I was playing around and didn't edit any of this for perfection. that's your job.

Then you need to mod your nginx config. I added something like this:

    location ~ \.php$ {
        fastcgi_index index.php;
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME /usr/share/nginx/html$fastcgi_script_name;
        include fastcgi_params;

run your php-cgi script
Re(start|load) your nginx.


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