Enabling CakePHP 1.1 on Lighttpd 1.5

A lot of people out there are trying to figure out how to get CakePHP 1.1x running on Lighttpd 1.5. Here is the solution. Please follow it carefully:
#### Disable BASE_URL ####

 a) Open the file "app/config/core.php"
 b) Make sure that the BASE_URL constant is commented out
#### REDIRECT_URI fix ####

 a) Open the file "cake/basics.php"
 b) Go to the function "setUri"
 c) Find this line:

   if (env('HTTP_X_REWRITE_URL')) {
  Replace with this:
   if( env('REDIRECT_URI') ) {
    $uri = env('REDIRECT_URI');
   else if (env('HTTP_X_REWRITE_URL')) {

#### Add rewrite rules to lighttpd.conf ####

 a) Enable mod_rewrite in lighttpd.conf
 b) Add this to lighttpd.conf:

   url.rewrite-once = (
    "^/(css|files|img|js|stats)/(.*)$" => "/$1/$2",
    "^/(.*)$" => "/index.php?url=$1"


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Might want to change the second regex so that URLs with GET query strings in them still work:

"^/([^?]*)(\?(.+))?$" => "/index.php?url=$1&$2"

cinar said...

Use this for latest CakePHP:

$HTTP["host"] == "domain.name" {
url.rewrite-once = (
"^/(css|files|img|js|stats)/(.*)$" => "app/webroot/$1/$2",
"^/(.*)$" => "app/webroot/index.php?url=$1"


randy said...

For the $_GET to work properly, the regex for the second rule needs to be modified ever so slightly from Anonymous' post from Nov, 2007.

"^/([^?]*)(?:\?(.+))?$" => "/index.php?url=$1&$2"

Notice the ?: which prevents the question mark from being captured as part of the first query parameter.

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Somebody wrote an excellent post on how to make CakePHP work on LigHTTPD. It didn't work for me right away because for some reason mod_rewrite or my CakePHP settings are different from the "default" behavior.

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