Check lighttpd.conf on restart

Bug #286887 reported by rvdm on 2008-10-21
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
lighttpd (Debian)
Fix Released
lighttpd (Ubuntu)
Daniel Hahler

Bug Description

Binary package hint: lighttpd

Description: Ubuntu 8.04.1
Release: 8.04

rvdm@serpent:~$ apt-cache policy lighttpd
  Installed: 1.4.19-0ubuntu3
  Candidate: 1.4.19-0ubuntu3
  Version table:
 *** 1.4.19-0ubuntu3 0
        500 hardy/universe Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

When restarting lighty using /etc/init.d/lighttpd restart, the lighttpd.conf is not checked. This results in a non-running webserver if there are typo's in the configuration file(s).
As lighttpd configuration can be quite complicated, it would be advisable to do checking similar to the checks used in the apache packages. Lighttpd supports a configuration check using the lighttpd -t command.
I just wanted to report this to get it out of my head; If patches are required, I'd be happy to supply them.

Related branches

Nic Ferrier (nferrier) wrote :

I'd like to endorse this... here's the diff from our patched version:

--- lighttpd 2009-02-11 00:50:12.000000000 -0800
+++ changed 2009-02-11 00:57:36.000000000 -0800
@@ -31,8 +31,15 @@

 . /lib/lsb/init-functions

+function syntax_check
+[ $? -ne 0 ] || exit 1
 case "$1" in
+ syntax_check
  log_daemon_msg "Starting $DESC" $NAME
  if ! $ENV $SSD --start --quiet\
  --pidfile $PIDFILE --exec $DAEMON -- $DAEMON_OPTS ; then
@@ -52,6 +59,7 @@
+ syntax_check
  log_daemon_msg "Reloading $DESC configuration" $NAME
  if $SSD --stop --signal 2 --oknodo --retry 30\
  --quiet --pidfile $PIDFILE --exec $DAEMON; then
@@ -66,6 +74,7 @@
+ syntax_check
  $0 stop
  [ -r $PIDFILE ] && while pidof lighttpd |\
    grep -q `cat $PIDFILE 2>/dev/null` 2>/dev/null ; do sleep 1; done


Daniel Hahler (blueyed) wrote :

Please attach a patch the next time, since I had to manually "apply" it now.
I've used "DAEMON $DAEMON_OPTS -t || exit 1" for syntax_check now - hope that's OK.

Changed in lighttpd:
assignee: nobody → blueyed
status: New → In Progress
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package lighttpd - 1.4.19-5ubuntu3

lighttpd (1.4.19-5ubuntu3) jaunty; urgency=low

  * init.d: check sytax during start/reload/restart/force-reload.
    Patch provided by Nic Ferrier. (LP: #286887)

 -- Daniel Hahler <email address hidden> Sat, 14 Feb 2009 22:18:35 +0100

Changed in lighttpd:
status: In Progress → Fix Released
Scott Kitterman (kitterman) wrote :

The above fix failed to build. I'll upload a new revision shortly that fixes that.

Daniel Hahler (blueyed) wrote :

Just for reference, there had been more uploads as follow-up: see bug 329595.

Daniel Hahler (blueyed) on 2010-07-15
Changed in lighttpd (Debian):
importance: Undecided → Unknown
status: New → Unknown
Changed in lighttpd (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
Changed in lighttpd (Debian):
status: New → Fix Released
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