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Notes on building nginx as a static binary.
# Building static nginx for teh lulz
#
# basic dependencies
sudo apt-get install libxslt1-dev libxml2-dev zlib1g-dev libpcre3-dev libbz2-dev libssl-dev
# download nginx and openssl
wget http://nginx.org/download/nginx-1.5.6.tar.gz
tar xf nginx-1.5.6.tar.gz; cd nginx-1.5.6
wget http://www.openssl.org/source/openssl-1.0.1e.tar.gz
tar xf openssl-1.0.1e.tar.gz
# configure - this configuration enables every possible module, except:
#
# 1) --with-cpp_test_module
# --with-google_perftools_module
#
# Not needed for production build.
#
# 2) --with-http_xslt_module
# --with-http_image_filter_module
# --with-http_geoip_module
#
# Requires additional modules to be built from sources, or symlinked to proper paths as
# configure lookups those in /usr/local, /usr/pkg and /opt/local.
#
# 3) --with-http_perl_module
#
# Perl needs to be built from source, as Debian's pkg does not deliver static library.
#
# Setting --prefix to /opt/nginx results in nginx by default:
#
# 1) logging to /opt/nginx/logs/error.log
# 2) reading cfg file from /opt/nginx/conf/nginx.conf
./configure --prefix=/opt/nginx --with-cc-opt="-static -static-libgcc" \
--with-ld-opt="-static" --with-cpu-opt=generic --with-pcre \
--with-mail --with-ipv6 --with-poll_module --with-select_module \
--with-rtsig_module --with-select_module --with-poll_module \
--with-http_ssl_module --with-http_spdy_module --with-http_realip_module \
--with-http_addition_module --with-http_sub_module --with-http_dav_module \
--with-http_flv_module --with-http_mp4_module --with-http_gunzip_module \
--with-http_gzip_static_module --with-http_auth_request_module \
--with-http_random_index_module --with-http_secure_link_module \
--with-http_degradation_module --with-http_stub_status_module \
--with-mail --with-mail_ssl_module --with-openssl=./openssl-1.0.1e
# with -j > 1 nginx's tries to link openssl before it gets built
make -j1
# nginx binary built on Debian Etch amd64 (gcc 4.1):
# https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/90980609/nginx-1.5.6-amd64.tar.bz2
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KawaiDesu commented Apr 1, 2015

Thanks for gist. Everything still true.
But i use clang (sic!) for build and pass "-static" to cc-opt (--with-cc-opt).

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esavier commented Jun 25, 2015

Thank you very much for sharing this :)

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micw commented Mar 11, 2016

Great, thank you very much. I created a repo with the script using latest versions of nginx 1.5.x and added it to a drone.io build: https://github.com/micw/nginx-static-1.5.x

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