[sclug] Toy web-server?

Tom Dawes-Gamble tmdg at tmdg.co.uk
Tue Apr 19 07:17:33 UTC 2005


FWIW I'd go with the Apache solution,  It works straight out the box.

By default it follows syslinks.  It doesn't chroot as such but will only
serve stuff from DocumentRoot.

So you can get it working in moments.

There is Tinyhttpd http://tinyhttpd.sourceforge.net/ may do what you
want but it's not serious Web Sever.


On Tue, 2005-04-19 at 01:01 +0100, Will Dickson wrote:
> Hi all,
> Due to various losses which Samba has suddenly decided to inflict on me 
> (Ghod knows what's going on, it's probably my fault somehow, but I 
> haven't got time to get to the bottom of it and I really can't be 
> bothered, frankly) I'm looking for a trivial web-server package which 
> can do the following:
> - accept incoming connections from a LAN.
> - serve bog-standard web content (html, CSS, a few pngs etc.) from a 
> single directory on my HDD, ie. "chroot jail".
> - treat symlinks in that directory as though they were the thing linked 
> to, ie. ignore the fact that they're actually symlinks.
> - smallish footprint an advantage.
> That's it really. In particular, I don't want or need any of the following:
> - any security whatsoever, apart from that provided by file permissions 
> and the chroot jail (ie. I run the server daemon as user foo, it will 
> serve anything foo can read which is accessible from within the chroot jail)
> - at a pinch, omit the "apart from..." qualifier from the statement above
> - extensibility
> - clever configurational stuff
> - ability to cope with lots of traffic
> - CGI, servlets, SSI, PHP...
> Clearly Apache could do this in its sleep, but it seems like a 
> piledriver to crack a nut, and probably I'd have to go without quite a 
> lot of same in order to learn how to set it up :-(
> Can anyone point me at a package which might suit?
> Will.
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