HOWTO: determine optimal fastcgi settings for Lighttpd

, I’ve settled on the this for my fastcgi config block within my lighttpd.conf file.

## Start an FastCGI server for php5 (needs the php5-cgi package)
fastcgi.server    = ( ".php" =>;
    ((
        "bin-path" =>; "/usr/bin/php5-cgi",
        "socket" =>; "/tmp/php.socket",
        "max-procs" =>; 1,
        "idle-timeout" =>; 20,
        "bin-environment" =>; (
            "PHP_FCGI_CHILDREN" =>; "2",
            "PHP_FCGI_MAX_REQUESTS" =>; "10000"
        ),
        "bin-copy-environment" =>; (
            "PATH", "SHELL", "USER"
        ),
        "broken-scriptfilename" =>; "enable"
    ))
)

Once I have this in place and running well for a few days I’ll shift over to MySQL and show how I have configured and optimized that for performance.