[Moin-user] mod_python or mod_wsgi ???

Rick Vanderveer rick.vanderveer at gmail.com
Sat Jan 12 13:41:17 EST 2008

Hey Gnarlie,
>From my reading on the moin site, FastCGI is the recommended CGI
accelerator.  Others work obviously, but you occasionally hear of odd
issues on this list with the other options.  The fact that
http://moinmo.in runs on FastCGI was enough to convince me. ;-)

All of the choices are simply taking a different approach to solving
the same problem.  One thing I like about FastCGI is that it is
using/loading the actual Python interpreter, whereas mod_python and
mod_wsgi are using their own built-in interpreter (which of course may
(or may not) include their own bugs, or may not be as current as the
actual Python release).  (disclaimer:  This is how *I* understand it,
someone more knowledgeable may have a different take).

Secondly, I suggest (and of course you know this already) taking it
one step at a time and tackling one before the other.  Both represent
major infrastructural changes to your wiki, and there's nothing worse
than trying to isolate a problem when doing multiple upgrades at the
same time!  :-)  If I had to pick, I'd probably tackle the moin 1.6
upgrade first. :-)

Moin on Mac:
Finally, I noticed a few weeks ago that you commented on the
ApacheOnMacOsx page that it needed to be updated for Leopard. I spent
some time and updated this page on moinmaster, but it hasn't migrated
to the regular moin yet.  If you're using Mac for hosting, you can
view the updated page here:

I haven't tried getting FastCGI up and running on a Mac, but I see
that FastCGI is in MacPorts, which would certainly save some
build/install pains.  :-)

If you're successful in getting FastCGI working, I'd like to hear about it...!

Good luck!


On Jan 12, 2008 12:21 AM, Gnarlodious <lists.gnarlodious at gmail.com> wrote:
> Starting to think about upgrading to 1.6. I'd like to speed up the
> server with some integration that is good for Python scripting. Should
> I go for fastCGI, mod_python or mod_wsgi? What are the advantages and
> drawbacks of each?
> Would I need to build Apache with the module ?
> -- Gnarlie
> http://Gnarlodious.com/
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