Posted by alex on Jan 20th, 2011

I found two simple way to disable fastcgi for a particular virtual host.

You can have full fastcgi.server for each vhost where you want to allow fastcgi, but this isn't very efficient because it will fork a lot of useless php/perl process. And that'll make a messy configuration.

The first way is to disable all fcgi for a vhost. It is possible by adding the following snippet inside the vhost (the $HTTP["host"] == "domain.td" {} block):

static-file.exclude-extensions = ()
fastcgi.server = ()
fastcgi.map-extensions = ()

The second way, and most likely the best way since you can have per-fcgi control, is to match on the file name by adding this snippet in the vhost configuration:

$HTTP["url"] =~ ".php$" {
    static-file.exclude-extensions = ()
    fastcgi.server = ()

The last method I tried was using a UUID to declare the fcgi, and then map it to its extension. The main problem with this, it's that if your client see your configuration file somehow, he will be able to run a script by renaming it to the UUID.

First, use a UUID instead of an extension to declare your fcgi servers:

fastcgi.server = ( "034343-43423423-php-342423" => ((
        "max-procs" => 1,
        "bin-path" => "/usr/bin/php-cgi",
        "bin-environment" => (
        "PHP_FCGI_CHILDREN" => "3",
        "PHP_FCGI_MAX_REQUESTS" => "250"
        "socket" => "/tmp/php.socket"
    "034343-43423423-ruby-342423" => ((
        "max-procs" =>; 1,
        "bin-path" => "/usr/bin/custom-fcgi",
        "bin-copy-environment" => ("LANG", "TERM"),
        "socket" => "/tmp/ruby.socket"
fastcgi.map-extensions = (".php" => "034343-php-342423", ".rb" => "034343-ruby-342423" )

And then redeclare the map-extensions inside the vhost configuration according to what you want to allow:
Eg, to disable php:

fastcgi.map-extensions = (".rb" => "034343-43423423-ruby-342423" )


I hope that one of those methods will help you!

Posted by alex on Jan 20th, 2011

I was not able to find a simple way to use wp-super-cache with lighttpd, some were using 100 lines lua script and the others were unreliable at best. After an hour of fiddling, I came with the following configuration.

What it does:

Posted by alex on Jan 9th, 2011

Edit: For those who have Windows 7 Home or Starter read here to enable the Group Policy Editor.

When you deal with a lot of applications/drivers installations (sys admin?), that retarded warning gets a bit annoying to say the least.

YES I DID CLICK THAT FILE, WHY DO YOU ASK ME, AGAIN? Open it already. I know you care about my security dear microsoft software engineer, but i'll manage it from here, mk?

Sure, one could uncheck the checkbox, but the checkbox applies only to the specific file being executed, not all exes.

Enough blah blah, here's the fix:

Fire up the group policy editor (Run -> gpedit.msc) .

And go to User -> Admin Templates -> Windows Components -> Attachment Manager -> Inclusion list for low risk file types.

Click Enable and add .exe;.msi to the list. (See picture)

Posted by alex on Jul 30th, 2010

When using a Windows laptop, you might be stuck with a synaptic touchpad.

Those crappy drivers with their so-called virtual scrolling create a fake window below the cursor to display their custom scrolling icon.

That window interfere with the signal sent to the application under, and GTK for some reason can't detect that (most likely the devs don't care about us).

The result is being unable to scroll in popular GTK apps like Wireshark or Pidgin.

After playing with Spy++ and Procmon for some time, I found an interesting registry key that solved my problem.

This setting will disable the custom cursor when you scroll, effectively fixing the scrolling problem in GTK apps.

First you have to open regedit. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Synaptics\SynTPEnh and create a new DWORD called UseScrollCursor with a value of 0.

Restart SynTPEh (or reboot).

Scrolling should work in GTK apps now, but you won't see the scrolling cursor anymore.

Update: If that does not work, you can try to run

taskkill /im SynTPEnh.exe

Source: http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1524405
Thanks to pieter for that link!

Happy scrolling!

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