building shibboleth SP for nginx

mark Duckworth mark at
Wed Oct 2 12:32:24 EDT 2019

Thanks Scott for the recommendation. I inherited a project with non-trivial nginx configuration, and also it currently depends on SysVinit, so I'm reluctant to try either switching to Apache or upgrading to Amazon Linux 2. I'll keep digging to see what other SSO options I have.


---- On Wed, 02 Oct 2019 11:42:23 -0400 Cantor, Scott <cantor.2 at> wrote ----

> I'm looking for some high level guidance for how to build/install Shibboleth SP 
> with nginx on Amazon Linux 2018-03. I am not experienced at building linux 
> apps from source. 
The SP supports FastCGI Authorizers, and that's the only way it plugs into nginx, and very imperfectly. I have no idea if it's feasible to build the fastcgi modules under that Linux, they would have to provide the libfcgi dependency it uses for that support. 
You would not be able to use any existing nginx build, so the work here is very non-trivial. If you need the SP, I would simply use Apache. 
Amazon's latest Linux is also based more closely on CentOS 7 with more standard rpm macros defined and would be a better choice to build under. 
-- Scott 
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