Easy Control Nginx!



Recently I am trying to learn managing nginx web server. Most probably it is going to take the place of Apache or at least seat beside Apache. The main benefit Nginx is claimed to be low memory footprint.

So far I have configured three VPS with nginx (also mysql & php). But every time I felt uneasy to start and stop the service as it can’t be started or stopped as ordinary service call.

For example:

To start apache/httpd we write:

service httpd start

But to start Nginx we have to write:


[I assume that Nginx is installed in default directory]

Again to stop apache, we write:

service httpd stop

But in case of Nginx:

kill -9 `cat /usr/local/nginx/logs/nginx.pid`


killall -9 nginx

Today I thought to make it a bit easier. So after mining the internet, I have made a small script to take care of start, stop, restart and check the status of Nginx. I am new to shell scripting.

How to implement it?

  1. I expect your Nginx installation is completed successfully and you can start/stop the server using the earlier methods.
  2. Download this file
  3. Store the file in /sbin/ as nginx. So that path of this file will be /sbin/nginx
  4. Chmod it to 744 by calling:
    chmod 744 /sbin/nginx
  5. You are done.

Now to start the server:

nginx start

Stopping the server:

nginx stop

Restarting the server:

nginx restart

Checking Status:

nginx status

Hope you like it :).

So, any suggestion is

PHP_SELF is empty!

Last two days, I am playing or learning to play with nginx web server. I have heard some reputation about it and saw some performance chart in the web. I liked it for its, as claimed, extremely low memory footprint for one of my small VPS.

After reading some tutorial in Projanmo Forum, I am successfully configured nginx, with with fastcgi, php-fpm, mysql etc. When I visit the website, I found some problems. Some section were not working. Later I found, where I used $_SERVER[‘PHP_SELF’] were not not working. Later investigating the phpinfo(); I have seen that some global php variables are empty. I found nothing on net. Later alamgir bro, helped to sort out. In fact the whole tutorial is contributed by him.

Solving this issue is real easy. Just add the following the in your nginx php configuration section.

include        fastcgi_params

The changed codes may look like: [copied directly from his mail]

location ~ \.php$ {
root           /www;
fastcgi_index  index.php;

include        fastcgi_params;  #newly added

fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_FILENAME  $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;

fastcgi_param  QUERY_STRING       $query_string;
fastcgi_param  REQUEST_METHOD     $request_method;
fastcgi_param  CONTENT_TYPE       $content_type;
fastcgi_param  CONTENT_LENGTH     $content_length;



hope this will save your time :-).