cgit with busybox httpd

John Keeping john at
Mon Mar 6 11:41:18 UTC 2023

On Mon, Mar 06, 2023 at 11:13:10AM +0100, Andreas Mahling wrote:
> I'm in the process to configure a cgit instance for my private network at home.
> Because my internet router will be the host for git and cgit, I'm
> looking for a ligthweight setup.
> I would like to use busybox httpd as webserver, which has a very low
> footprint and supports cgi, but no other fancy bells and whistles,
> especially no url rewrite.
> It works in principle, but there is a problem with the URLs generated
> by cgit: they seem always containing a trailing slash. This leads to a
> 404 error thrown by httpd. If I manually remove the slash, everyting
> is OK.
> Example given:
> http://git/cgi-bin/cgit.cgi/linuxadmin.git/ -> 404
> http://git/cgi-bin/cgit.cgi/linuxadmin.git -> Page ist shown
> Is there a way to tell cgit to give up the trailing slash? I'm running
> cgit-1.2.3-r3 on Alpine 3.17.2

I don't think it's possible to change that behaviour without patching
CGit.  Given how URLs are constructed, it looks a bit complicated to fix
in all cases, but you could remove the setting of "virtual_root" in
cmd_main() to force using query parameters instead of virtual paths in

Can you tell where the 404 is generated?  Is this a case of httpd
returning an error when it shouldn't, or is it a behaviour difference
that CGit isn't handling correctly - maybe other CGI hosts strip
trailing slashes before passing a path to CGit but httpd doesn't?

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