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Updating nginx (with uwsgi) for Fedora 12 from src.rpm


In order to get access to uwsgi (useful for deploying python flask projects, for instance), one needs a version of nginx > 0.8 or so. But Fedora 12 doesn't have such a modern version : Here's how to build it from a src.rpm from a more recent Fedora release.

# First, make sure we have the rpm-build tools :
yum install rpm-build

# Download a suitable src.rpm (look at the dependencies :
# nginx doesn't really care about which version of fedora it's for

# This installs the source into ~/rpmbuild/BUILD/nginx-1.0.5/
rpm -ivh nginx-1.0.5-1.fc16.src.rpm

# Now, do a test build to see what we're missing
rpmbuild -bb  ~/rpmbuild/SPECS/nginx.spec

# This complains about missing dependencies : Do a copy-paste as necessary
yum install pcre-devel zlib-devel openssl-devel 'perl(ExtUtils::Embed)' libxslt-devel GeoIP-devel gd-devel

# Rebuild again (installing more packages if this fails)
rpmbuild -bb  ~/rpmbuild/SPECS/nginx.spec

# Now install nginx from the brand new rpm just created:
rpm -Uvh ~/rpmbuild/RPMS/i386/nginx-1.0.5-1.fc12.i386.rpm

# Attempt a restart :
/etc/init.d/nginx restart

# ... some configuration options may have changed - and a new dummy.conf file was added ...
cd /etc/nginx/conf.d
mv default.conf default.conf.disable

# All good now...
/etc/init.d/nginx restart