Changes between Version 4 and Version 5 of TracFastCgi


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    13= Trac with FastCGI =
    24
    3 Since version 0.9, Trac supports being run through the [http://www.fastcgi.com/ FastCGI] interface. Like [wiki:TracModPython mod_python], this allows Trac to remain resident, and is faster than external CGI interfaces which must start a new process for each request. However, unlike mod_python, it is able to support [http://httpd.apache.org/docs/suexec.html SuEXEC]. Additionally, it is supported by much wider variety of web servers.
    4 
    5 {{{
    6 #!html
    7 <p style="background: #fdc; border: 2px solid #d00; font-style: italic; padding: 0 .5em; margin: 1em 0;">
    8 <strong>Note for Windows:</strong> Trac's FCGI does not run under Windows, as Windows does not implement Socket.fromfd, which is used by _fcgi.py
    9 </p>
    10 }}}
     5[http://www.fastcgi.com/ FastCGI] interface allows Trac to remain resident much like with [wiki:TracModPython mod_python] or [wiki:TracModWSGI mod_wsgi]. It is faster than external CGI interfaces which must start a new process for each request. Additionally, it is supported by much wider variety of web servers.
     6
     7Note that unlike mod_python, FastCGI supports [http://httpd.apache.org/docs/suexec.html Apache SuEXEC], i.e. run with different permissions than web server running with (`mod_wsgi` supports the `WSGIDaemonProcess` with user / group parameters to achieve the same effect).
     8
     9'''Note for Windows:''' Trac's FastCGI does not run under Windows, as Windows does not implement `Socket.fromfd`, which is used by `_fcgi.py`. If you want to connect to IIS, you may want to try [trac:TracOnWindowsIisAjp AJP]/[trac:TracOnWindowsIisAjp ISAPI].
     10
     11[[PageOutline(2-3,Overview,inline)]]
     12
    1113
    1214== Simple Apache configuration ==
    1315
    1416There are two FastCGI modules commonly available for Apache: `mod_fastcgi` and
    15 `mod_fcgid`.  The `FastCgiIpcDir` and `FastCgiConfig` directives discussed
    16 below are `mod_fastcgi` directives; the `DefaultInitEnv` is a `mod_fcgid`
    17 directive.
    18 
    19 For `mod_fastcgi`, add the following to an appropriate Apache configuration
    20 file:
     17`mod_fcgid` (preferred). The latter is more up-to-date.
     18
     19The following sections focus on the FCGI specific setup, see also [wiki:TracModWSGI#ConfiguringAuthentication] for configuring the authentication in Apache.
     20
     21Regardless of which cgi module is used, be sure the web server has executable permissions on the cgi-bin folder. While FastCGI will throw specific permissions errors, mod_fcgid will throw an ambiguous error if this has not been done. (Connection reset by peer: mod_fcgid: error reading data from FastCGI server)
     22
     23=== Set up with `mod_fastcgi` ===
     24`mod_fastcgi` uses `FastCgiIpcDir` and `FastCgiConfig` directives that should be added to an appropriate Apache configuration file:
    2125{{{
    2226# Enable fastcgi for .fcgi files
     
    3438calling `trac.fcgi` instead of `trac.cgi`.
    3539
    36 You can set up the `TRAC_ENV` as an overall default:
     40Add the following to the Apache configuration file (below the `FastCgiIpcDir` line) if you intend to set up the `TRAC_ENV` as an overall default:
    3741{{{
    3842FastCgiConfig -initial-env TRAC_ENV=/path/to/env/trac
    3943}}}
    4044
    41 Or you can serve multiple Trac projects in a directory like:
     45Alternatively, you can serve multiple Trac projects in a directory by adding this:
    4246{{{
    4347FastCgiConfig -initial-env TRAC_ENV_PARENT_DIR=/parent/dir/of/projects
    4448}}}
    4549
    46 But neither of these will work for `mod_fcgid`.  A similar but partial
    47 solution for `mod_fcgid` is:
     50=== Set up with `mod_fcgid` ===
     51Configure `ScriptAlias` (see TracCgi for details), but call `trac.fcgi`
     52instead of `trac.cgi`. Note that slash at the end - it is important.
     53{{{
     54ScriptAlias /trac /path/to/www/trac/cgi-bin/trac.fcgi/
     55}}}
     56
     57To set up Trac environment for `mod_fcgid` it is necessary to use
     58`DefaultInitEnv` directive. It cannot be used in `Directory` or
     59`Location` context, so if you need to support multiple projects, try
     60alternative environment setup below.
     61
    4862{{{
    4963DefaultInitEnv TRAC_ENV /path/to/env/trac/
    5064}}}
    51 But this cannot be used in `Directory` or `Location` context, which makes it
    52 difficult to support multiple projects.
    53 
    54 A better method which works for both of these modules (and for  [http://www.lighttpd.net/ lighttpd] and CGI as well), because it involves
    55 no server configuration settings for environment variables, is to set one
    56 of the variables in `trac.fcgi`, e.g.:
     65
     66=== alternative environment setup ===
     67A better method to specify path to Trac environment is to embed the path
     68into `trac.fcgi` script itself. That doesn't require configuration of server
     69environment variables, works for both FastCgi modules
     70(and for [http://www.lighttpd.net/ lighttpd] and CGI as well):
    5771{{{
    5872import os
     
    6579}}}
    6680
    67 Using this method, different projects can be supported by using different
    68 `.fcgi` scripts with different `ScriptAliases`, copying and appropriately
    69 renaming `trac.fcgi` and adding the above code to create each such script.
     81With this method different projects can be supported by using different
     82`.fcgi` scripts with different `ScriptAliases`.
    7083
    7184See [https://coderanger.net/~coderanger/httpd/fcgi_example.conf this fcgid example config] which uses a !ScriptAlias directive with trac.fcgi with a trailing / like this:
     
    7689== Simple Cherokee Configuration ==
    7790
    78 Configuration wanted.
     91The configuration on Cherokee's side is quite simple. You will only need to know that you can spawn Trac as an SCGI process.
     92You can either start it manually, or better yet, automatically by letting Cherokee spawn the server whenever it is down.
     93First set up an information source in cherokee-admin with a local interpreter.
     94
     95{{{
     96Host:
     97localhost:4433
     98
     99Interpreter:
     100/usr/bin/tracd —single-env —daemonize —protocol=scgi —hostname=localhost —port=4433 /path/to/project/
     101}}}
     102
     103If the port was not reachable, the interpreter command would be launched. Note that, in the definition of the information source, you will have to manually launch the spawner if you use a ''Remote host'' as ''Information source'' instead of a ''Local interpreter''.
     104
     105After doing this, we will just have to create a new rule managed by the SCGI handler to access Trac. It can be created in a new virtual server, trac.example.net for instance, and will only need two rules. The '''default''' one will use the SCGI handler associated to the previously created information source.
     106The second rule will be there to serve the few static files needed to correctly display the Trac interface. Create it as ''Directory rule'' for ''/common'' and just set it to the ''Static files'' handler and with a ''Document root'' that points to the appropriate files: ''$TRAC_LOCAL/htdocs/'' (where $TRAC_LOCAL is a directory defined by the user or the system administrator to place local trac resources).
     107
     108Note:\\
     109If the tracd process fails to start up, and cherokee displays a 503 error page, you might be missing the [http://trac.saddi.com/flup python-flup] package.\\
     110Python-flup is a dependency which provides trac with SCGI capability. You can install it on debian based systems with:
     111{{{
     112sudo apt-get install python-flup
     113}}}
     114
    79115
    80116== Simple Lighttpd Configuration ==
     
    85121environments.  It has a very low memory footprint compared to other web servers and takes care of CPU load.
    86122
    87 For using `trac.fcgi` with lighttpd add the following to your lighttpd.conf:
    88 {{{
     123For using `trac.fcgi`(prior to 0.11) / fcgi_frontend.py (0.11) with lighttpd add the following to your lighttpd.conf:
     124{{{
     125#var.fcgi_binary="/usr/bin/python /path/to/fcgi_frontend.py" # 0.11 if installed with easy_setup, it is inside the egg directory
     126var.fcgi_binary="/path/to/cgi-bin/trac.fcgi" # 0.10 name of prior fcgi executable
    89127fastcgi.server = ("/trac" =>
     128   
    90129                   ("trac" =>
    91130                     ("socket" => "/tmp/trac-fastcgi.sock",
    92                       "bin-path" => "/path/to/cgi-bin/trac.fcgi",
     131                      "bin-path" => fcgi_binary,
    93132                      "check-local" => "disable",
    94133                      "bin-environment" =>
     
    103142using `bin-environment` (as in the section above on Apache configuration).
    104143
     144Note that lighttpd has a bug related to 'SCRIPT_NAME' and 'PATH_INFO' when the uri of fastcgi.server is '/' instead of '/trac' in this example (see [trac:#2418]). This is fixed in lighttpd 1.5, and under lighttpd 1.4.23 or later the workaround is to add `"fix-root-scriptname" => "enable"` as a parameter of fastcgi.server.
     145
    105146For using two projects with lighttpd add the following to your `lighttpd.conf`:
    106147{{{
     
    108149                   ("first" =>
    109150                    ("socket" => "/tmp/trac-fastcgi-first.sock",
    110                      "bin-path" => "/path/to/cgi-bin/trac.fcgi",
     151                     "bin-path" => fcgi_binary,
    111152                     "check-local" => "disable",
    112153                     "bin-environment" =>
     
    117158                    ("second" =>
    118159                    ("socket" => "/tmp/trac-fastcgi-second.sock",
    119                      "bin-path" => "/path/to/cgi-bin/trac.fcgi",
     160                     "bin-path" => fcgi_binary,
    120161                     "check-local" => "disable",
    121162                     "bin-environment" =>
     
    130171Note that the above will result in different processes in any event, even
    131172if both are running from the same `trac.fcgi` script.
    132 {{{
    133 #!html
    134 <p style="background: #fdc; border: 2px solid #d00; font-style: italic; padding: 0 .5em; margin: 1em 0;">
    135 <strong>Note from c00i90wn:</strong> It's very important the order on which server.modules are loaded, if mod_auth is not loaded <strong>BEFORE</strong> mod_fastcgi, then the server will fail to authenticate the user.
    136 </p>
    137 }}}
     173
     174{{{
     175#!div class=important
     176'''Note''' It's very important the order on which server.modules are loaded, if mod_auth is not loaded '''BEFORE''' mod_fastcgi, then the server will fail to authenticate the user.
     177}}}
     178
    138179For authentication you should enable mod_auth in lighttpd.conf 'server.modules', select auth.backend and auth rules:
    139180{{{
     
    183224server.modules += ("mod_alias")
    184225
    185 # Setup an alias for the static resources
     226# Set up an alias for the static resources
    186227alias.url = ("/trac/chrome/common" => "/usr/share/trac/htdocs")
    187228
     
    193234                   ("trac" =>
    194235                     ("socket" => "/tmp/trac-fastcgi.sock",
    195                       "bin-path" => "/path/to/cgi-bin/trac.fcgi",
     236                      "bin-path" => fcgi_binary,
    196237                      "check-local" => "disable",
    197238                      "bin-environment" =>
     
    212253                        (
    213254                          "socket" => "/tmp/trac.sock",
    214                           "bin-path" => "/path/to/cgi-bin/trac.fcgi",
     255                          "bin-path" => fcgi_binary,
    215256                          "check-local" => "disable",
    216257                          "bin-environment" =>
     
    238279                   ("trac" =>
    239280                     ("socket" => "/tmp/trac-fastcgi.sock",
    240                       "bin-path" => "/path/to/cgi-bin/trac.fcgi",
     281                      "bin-path" => fcgi_binary,
    241282                      "check-local" => "disable",
    242283                      "bin-environment" =>
     
    247288                 )
    248289}}}
    249 For details about languages specification see TracFaq question 2.13.
    250 
    251 Other important information like [http://trac.lighttpd.net/trac/wiki/TracInstall this updated TracInstall page], [wiki:TracCgi#MappingStaticResources and this] are useful for non-fastcgi specific installation aspects.
    252 
    253 If you use trac-0.9, read [http://lists.edgewall.com/archive/trac/2005-November/005311.html about small bug]
     290For details about languages specification see [trac:TracFaq TracFaq] question 2.13.
     291
     292Other important information like the [wiki:TracInstall#MappingStaticResources mapping static resources advices] are useful for non-fastcgi specific installation aspects.
     293]
    254294
    255295Relaunch lighttpd, and browse to `http://yourhost.example.org/trac` to access Trac.
     
    257297Note about running lighttpd with reduced permissions:
    258298
    259   If nothing else helps and trac.fcgi doesn't start with lighttpd settings __server.username = "www-data"__, __server.groupname = "www-data"__, then in the `bin-environment` section set `PYTHON_EGG_CACHE` to the home directory of `www-data` or some other directory accessible to this account for writing.
    260 
    261 
    262 == Simple LiteSpeed Configuration ==
     299If nothing else helps and trac.fcgi doesn't start with lighttpd settings `server.username = "www-data"`, `server.groupname = "www-data"`, then in the `bin-environment` section set `PYTHON_EGG_CACHE` to the home directory of `www-data` or some other directory accessible to this account for writing.
     300
     301
     302== Simple !LiteSpeed Configuration ==
    263303
    264304The FastCGI front-end was developed primarily for use with alternative webservers, such as [http://www.litespeedtech.com/ LiteSpeed].
    265305
    266 LiteSpeed web server is an event-driven asynchronous Apache replacement designed from the ground-up to be secure, scalable, and operate with minimal resources. LiteSpeed can operate directly from an Apache config file and is targeted for business-critical environments.
    267 
    268 Setup
    269 
    270 1) Please make sure you have first have a working install of a Trac project. Test install with “tracd” first.
    271 
    272 2) Create a Virtual Host for this setup. From now on we will refer to this vhost as TracVhost. For this tutorial we will be assuming that your trac project will be accessible via:
     306!LiteSpeed web server is an event-driven asynchronous Apache replacement designed from the ground-up to be secure, scalable, and operate with minimal resources. !LiteSpeed can operate directly from an Apache config file and is targeted for business-critical environments.
     307
     308 1. Please make sure you have first have a working install of a Trac project. Test install with “tracd” first.
     309
     310 2. Create a Virtual Host for this setup. From now on we will refer to this vhost as !TracVhost. For this tutorial we will be assuming that your trac project will be accessible via:
    273311
    274312{{{
     
    276314}}}
    277315
    278 3) Go “TracVhost → External Apps” tab and create a new “External Application”.
     316 3. Go “!TracVhost → External Apps” tab and create a new “External Application”.
    279317
    280318{{{
     
    294332}}}
    295333
    296 4) Optional. If you need to use htpasswd based authentication. Go to “TracVhost → Security” tab and create a new security “Realm”.
     334 4. Optional. If you need to use htpasswd based authentication. Go to “!TracVhost → Security” tab and create a new security “Realm”.
    297335
    298336{{{
     
    304342If you don’t have a htpasswd file or don’t know how to create the entries within one, go to http://sherylcanter.com/encrypt.php, to generate the user:password combos.
    305343
    306 5) Go to “PythonVhost → Contexts” and create a new “FCGI Context”.
     344 5. Go to “!PythonVhost → Contexts” and create a new “FCGI Context”.
    307345
    308346{{{
     
    312350}}}
    313351
    314 6) Modify /fullpathto/mytracproject/conf/trac.ini
     352 6. Modify `/fullpathto/mytracproject/conf/trac.ini`
    315353
    316354{{{
     
    321359}}}
    322360
    323 7) Restart LiteSpeed, “lswsctrl restart”, and access your new Trac project at:
     361 7. Restart !LiteSpeed, “lswsctrl restart”, and access your new Trac project at:
    324362
    325363{{{
     
    327365}}}
    328366
     367
     368== Simple Nginx Configuration ==
     369
     370Nginx is able to communicate with FastCGI processes, but can not spawn them. So you need to start FastCGI server for Trac separately.
     371
     372 1. Nginx configuration with basic authentication handled by Nginx - confirmed to work on 0.6.32
     373 {{{
     374    server {
     375        listen       10.9.8.7:443;
     376        server_name  trac.example;
     377
     378        ssl                  on;
     379        ssl_certificate      /etc/ssl/trac.example.crt;
     380        ssl_certificate_key  /etc/ssl/trac.example.key;
     381
     382        ssl_session_timeout  5m;
     383
     384        ssl_protocols  SSLv2 SSLv3 TLSv1;
     385        ssl_ciphers  ALL:!ADH:!EXPORT56:RC4+RSA:+HIGH:+MEDIUM:+LOW:+SSLv2:+EXP;
     386        ssl_prefer_server_ciphers   on;
     387
     388        # (Or ``^/some/prefix/(.*)``.
     389        if ($uri ~ ^/(.*)) {
     390             set $path_info /$1;
     391        }
     392
     393        # it makes sense to serve static resources through Nginx
     394        location /chrome/ {
     395             alias /home/trac/instance/static/htdocs/;
     396        }
     397
     398        # You can copy this whole location to ``location [/some/prefix]/login``
     399        # and remove the auth entries below if you want Trac to enforce
     400        # authorization where appropriate instead of needing to authenticate
     401        # for accessing the whole site.
     402        # (Or ``location /some/prefix``.)
     403        location / {
     404            auth_basic            "trac realm";
     405            auth_basic_user_file /home/trac/htpasswd;
     406
     407            # socket address
     408            fastcgi_pass   unix:/home/trac/run/instance.sock;
     409
     410            # python - wsgi specific
     411            fastcgi_param HTTPS on;
     412
     413            ## WSGI REQUIRED VARIABLES
     414            # WSGI application name - trac instance prefix.
     415            # (Or ``fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_NAME  /some/prefix``.)
     416            fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_NAME        "";
     417            fastcgi_param  PATH_INFO           $fastcgi_script_name;
     418
     419            ## WSGI NEEDED VARIABLES - trac warns about them
     420            fastcgi_param  REQUEST_METHOD     $request_method;
     421            fastcgi_param  SERVER_NAME        $server_name;
     422            fastcgi_param  SERVER_PORT        $server_port;
     423            fastcgi_param  SERVER_PROTOCOL    $server_protocol;
     424            fastcgi_param  QUERY_STRING       $query_string;
     425
     426            # For Nginx authentication to work - do not forget to comment these
     427            # lines if not using Nginx for authentication
     428            fastcgi_param  AUTH_USER          $remote_user;
     429            fastcgi_param  REMOTE_USER        $remote_user;
     430
     431            # for ip to work
     432            fastcgi_param REMOTE_ADDR         $remote_addr;
     433
     434            # For attchments to work
     435            fastcgi_param    CONTENT_TYPE     $content_type;
     436            fastcgi_param    CONTENT_LENGTH   $content_length;
     437        }
     438    }
     439}}}
     440 1. Modified trac.fcgi:
     441 {{{
     442#!/usr/bin/env python
     443import os
     444sockaddr = '/home/trac/run/instance.sock'
     445os.environ['TRAC_ENV'] = '/home/trac/instance'
     446
     447try:
     448     from trac.web.main import dispatch_request
     449     import trac.web._fcgi
     450
     451     fcgiserv = trac.web._fcgi.WSGIServer(dispatch_request,
     452          bindAddress = sockaddr, umask = 7)
     453     fcgiserv.run()
     454
     455except SystemExit:
     456    raise
     457except Exception, e:
     458    print 'Content-Type: text/plain\r\n\r\n',
     459    print 'Oops...'
     460    print
     461    print 'Trac detected an internal error:'
     462    print
     463    print e
     464    print
     465    import traceback
     466    import StringIO
     467    tb = StringIO.StringIO()
     468    traceback.print_exc(file=tb)
     469    print tb.getvalue()
     470
     471}}}
     472 1. reload nginx and launch trac.fcgi like that:
     473 {{{#!sh
     474trac@trac.example ~ $ ./trac-standalone-fcgi.py
     475}}}
     476
     477The above assumes that:
     478 * There is a user named 'trac' for running trac instances and keeping trac environments in its home directory.
     479 * `/home/trac/instance` contains a trac environment
     480 * `/home/trac/htpasswd` contains authentication information
     481 * `/home/trac/run` is owned by the same group the nginx runs under
     482  * and if your system is Linux the `/home/trac/run` has setgid bit set (`chmod g+s run`)
     483  * and patch from ticket #T7239 is applied, or you'll have to fix the socket file permissions every time
     484
     485Unfortunately nginx does not support variable expansion in fastcgi_pass directive.
     486Thus it is not possible to serve multiple trac instances from one server block.
     487
     488If you worry enough about security, run trac instances under separate users.
     489
     490Another way to run trac as a FCGI external application is offered in ticket #T6224
     491
    329492----
    330 See also TracCgi, TracModPython, TracInstall, TracGuide
     493See also:  TracGuide, TracInstall, [wiki:TracModWSGI ModWSGI], [wiki:TracCgi CGI], [wiki:TracModPython ModPython], [trac:TracNginxRecipe TracNginxRecipe]