cgit with busybox httpd

Andreas Mahling andreas.mahling at
Mon Mar 6 14:31:19 UTC 2023

sorry, I've missed sending to the list address

I wrote a script which prints the environment.
When called as http://git/cgi-bin/ PATH_INFO ist set to '/xyz'
When called as  http://git/cgi-bin/ 404 is thrown. So the
problem seems to be caused by httpd

hello John,

It seems the 404 is generated by httpd, I think because the url ends
with a slash httpd treats the part after cgit.cgi not as PATH_INFO (as
it should) but as a directory. So this seems more a fault of httpd to

Sorry, but I don't understand how to put into QUERY_STRING what now
goes into PATH_INFO. Do you mean the virtual-root option in cgitrc?
It is already commented out in my setup, but cgit builds the url with
PATH_INFO part anyway.

best regards Andreas

Am Mo., 6. März 2023 um 12:41 Uhr schrieb John Keeping <john at>:
> 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
> URLs.
> 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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