[nycphp-talk] Friendly URLs with php as CGI

Dell Sala dell at
Thu Jan 18 09:51:23 EST 2007

Hi all,

During a recent discussion we talked about a technique for supporting  
friendly URLs by putting script arguments after the script name,  
separated by slashes, instead of using a standard query string.


I've been using this technique for several months, with great  
success, but I just ran into a snag. This doesn't seem to work when  
php is running as a CGI. Here's what appears to be happening (using  
the example above):

1) apache sees that "phpscript" is an actual php resource, and  
ignores /arg1/arg2
2) apache passes the full url off the the php CGI
3) the php CGI re-parses the url, and determines the php script it is  
supposed to execute is "arg2", and of course chokes with the error  
"No input file specified."

I also found some reports of $_SERVER['PATH_INFO'] not reporting the  
correct information when running as CGI.

Can anyone suggest a workaround? I hope I don't have to go back to  

-- Dell

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