lighttpd is a lightweight webserver. The purpose is to provide a simple alternative to new (or old) developers to get a svn checkout up and running in a quick way (see GettingStarted).


Starting the server is deadly simple: just execute tools/lighttpd.pl from your Foswiki working copy. This script generates a lighttpd configuration file in a temporary directory, executes lighttpd in foreground (i.e. blocks your terminal), and deletes the configuration file after the server is stopped. To stop the server you just have to type Control-C on the terminal.


  • It's simple to have Foswiki running for development purposes
  • Error messages are printed to your terminal window, so debugging is easier
  • ...


Since this is a standalone script that does not need to be released at all, AFAICT it has no impact on the rest of Foswiki.

-- AntonioTerceiro - 29 Dec 2008

No Foswiki code is affected by this, but I don't know if it would be acceptable to just add it to tools/ or if it's better to follow the regular change proposal workflow. Any input is appreciated.

-- AntonioTerceiro - 29 Dec 2008

I liked this script a lot! Together with ./pseudo-install.pl -A developer we get a ready-to-use/test foswiki really fast smile

Since it doesn't impact on the rest of Foswiki and is not released, I'd say to just commit it smile

Anyway I added myself as CommittedDeveloper and today as DateOfCommitment.

-- GilmarSantosJr - 18 Jan 2009

Yes this is out of the scope where release process decisions are needed. You can go ahead and check in this in the tools directory since it is a service to developers and have no effect on what we release - except making it better wink

-- KennethLavrsen - 28 Jan 2009

Just commited it then. Thanks for the feedback.

-- AntonioTerceiro - 30 Jan 2009
Topic revision: r4 - 30 Jan 2009, AntonioTerceiro
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