/!\ Voodoo is not for newbies!

This page gives some nice but advanced tricks for a moin Apache setup. The directives on this page assume that you have knowledge about Apache configuration, newbies should stick to the basic setup.

Apache Root Wiki

/!\ This requires the Apache module "mod_rewrite" (which should be standard)

An Apache root wiki is easy, but it has limitations. Since moin needs to access certain static files (images, css, etc.), it intercepts a part of the possible WikiName namespace.

  1. Install moin as normal.
  2. Add the following lines to your VirtualHost config:

    •   RewriteEngine On
        RewriteLogLevel 0
        # Point to moin shared static files - DEPENDS ON MOIN VERSION!
        RewriteRule ^/moin_static160/(.*)$ /prefix/share/moin/htdocs/$1 [last]
        # Map everything else to moin cgi script
        RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /path/to/moin.cgi$1 [type=application/x-httpd-cgi]
        # Setting for FastCGI
        ##RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /path/to/moin.fcg$1 [type=application/x-httpd-fcgi]

The RewriteRule for FastCGI here does not work for me:

[Wed Jan 05 01:43:41 2005] [error] [client] File does not exist: /home/apache/moin/wiki/share/moin/pw/moin.fcg/RecentChanges, referer: http://moin.dahoam/StartSeite
duplo:/home/danielt# ls /home/apache/moin/wiki/share/moin/pw/moin.fcg
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root  www  1088 Jan  4 23:35 /home/apache/moin/wiki/share/moin/pw/moin.fcg*

As a workaround I use this:

  RewriteRule ^/?(.*) /_Wikiscript_/moin.fcg/$1
  RewriteRule ^/_Wikiscript_/(.*) /home/apache/moin/wiki/share/moin/pw/$1 [last]

Root wiki on Mac OSX

/!\ This configuration intercepts all userfolder URLs like and offers a blank wiki page instead, so these instructions are offered as an exercise only. There may be a way around this problem but I don't know what it is.

Using the previous information on the moin OS X installation, you end up with a virtual host block like this:

<VirtualHost *>
   ServerName Gnarlodious
   Alias /moin_static160/ /usr/local/share/moin/htdocs/
   ScriptAlias /mywiki /usr/local/share/moin/mywiki/moin.cgi
   RewriteEngine On
   RewriteRule ^/moin_static160/(.*)$ /usr/local/share/moin/htdocs/$1 [last]
   RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /usr/local/share/moin/mywiki/moin.cgi$1 [type=application/x-httpd-cgi]

Remove the following <IfModule mod_alias.c> directives added on this page, as they are now redundant:

    Alias /moin_static160/ "/moinwiki/share/moin/htdocs/"
    ScriptAlias /mywiki "/moinwiki/share/moin/mywiki/moin.cgi"

Now restart Apache. You should be able to open a URL like

Root wiki with mod python recipe

Using the above example, I got this working like this:

  1. Install moin as usual and create instance
  2. Use this config in httpd.conf
    • NameVirtualHost
          ServerName wiki.nirs.dyndns.org
          ServerAlias wiki
          # Rewrite urls
          RewriteEngine On
          RewriteLogLevel 0
          # map static files to htdocs
          RewriteRule ^/moin_static160/(.*)$ /usr/share/moin/htdocs/$1 [last]
          # map everything else to server script
          RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /usr/share/moin/mywiki/moinmodpy.py$1
          <Directory "/usr/share/moin/mywiki">
              # These are copied from the default cgi-bin directory
              AllowOverride None
              Options None
              Order allow,deny
              Allow from all
              # Modpy stuff
              AddHandler python-program .py
              # Add the path to the wiki directory, where moinmodpy.py and 
              # wikiconfig.py are located.
              PythonPath "['/usr/share/moin/mywiki'] + sys.path"
              PythonHandler moinmodpy
              PythonDebug On 

(!) It seems to be impossible to get a root modpy wiki without using the moinmodpy wrapper script.

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