Provided by: micro-httpd_20050629-1_i386
micro_httpd - really small HTTP server
micro_httpd is a very small HTTP server. It runs from inetd, which
means its performance is poor. But for low-traffic sites, it’s quite
adequate. It implements all the basic features of an HTTP server,
* Security against ".." filename snooping.
* The common MIME types.
* Trailing-slash redirection.
* Directory listings.
All in 150 lines of code.
To install it, add a line like this to /etc/inetd.conf:
micro_http stream tcp nowait nobody /usr/local/sbin/micro_httpd micro_httpd dir
Make sure the path to the executable is correct, and change "dir" to be
the directory you want to serve. Then add a line like this to
micro_http port/tcp #Micro HTTP server
Change "port" to the port number you want to use - 80, 8000, whatever.
Then restart inetd by sending it a "HUP" signal, or rebooting.
On some systems, inetd has a maximum spawn rate - if you try to run
inetd services faster than a certain number of times per minute, it
assumed there’s either a bug of an attack going on and it shuts down
for a few minutes. If you run into this problem - look for syslog
messages about too-rapid looping - you’ll need to find out how to
increase the limit. Unfortunately this varies from OS to OS. On
FreeBSD, you add a "-R 10000" flag to inetd’s initial command line. On
some Linux systems, you can set the limit on a per-service basis in
inetd.conf, by changing "nowait" to "nowait.10000".
Note that you can use micro_httpd to serve HTTPS, if you like, by
running it from stunnel. First fetch and install stunnel - FreeBSD
users can just go to /usr/ports/security/stunnel and do a "make cert ;
make install". Then as root run:
stunnel -p /usr/local/certs/stunnel.pem -d 443 -l /usr/local/sbin/micro_httpd -- micro_httpd dir
Make sure the paths to the certificate and executable are correct, and
again don’t forget to change "dir" to the directory you want to serve.
Copyright (C) 1999 by Jef Poskanzer <firstname.lastname@example.org>. All rights
15 March 1999 micro_httpd(8)