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This page is also available at [gemini://twins.rocketnine.space/configuration.gmi](gemini://twins.rocketnine.space/configuration.gmi)
`twins` requires a configuration file to operate. It is loaded from
`~/.config/twins/config.yaml` by default. You may specify a different location
via the `--config` argument.
# Configuration options
## Listen
Address to listen for connections on in the format of `interface:port`.
### Listen on localhost
`localhost:1965`
### Listen on all interfaces
`:1965`
## Types
Content types may be defined by file extension. When a type is not defined for
the requested file extension, content type is detected automatically.
## ShowImages
When enabled, clients accessing gemini pages via HTTPS will see links to images
as inline images.
## Hosts
Hosts are defined by their hostname followed by one or more paths to serve.
Paths may be defined as fixed strings or regular expressions (starting with `^`).
Any path not matching a specific page, file name or file extension should end
in a trailing slash, signifying that it is a directory. Visitors are
automatically redirected when accessing a directory path without including a
trailing slash.
Paths are matched in the order they are defined.
When accessing a directory the file `index.gemini` or `index.gmi` is served.
When a host is defined with the name `default`, other hosts and paths will use
those values as the default configuration. It is not currently possible to
enable an attribute by default and then disable it for individual paths.
### Certificates
A certificate and private key must be specified.
#### Self-signed domain certificate (recommended)
Use `openssl` generate a certificate for a domain.
Replace `rocketnine.space` and `twins.rocketnine.space` with your domain and subdomain.
```bash
openssl req -x509 -out localhost.crt -keyout localhost.key \
-newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -sha256 \
-days 36500 \
-subj '/CN=localhost' -extensions EXT -config <( \
printf "[dn]\nCN=rocketnine.space\n[req]\ndistinguished_name = dn\n[EXT]\nsubjectAltName=DNS:rocketnine.space,DNS:twins.rocketnine.space\nkeyUsage=digitalSignature\nextendedKeyUsage=serverAuth")
```
#### Self-signed localhost certificate
Use `openssl` generate a certificate for localhost.
Some Gemini clients will not accept such a certificate when accessing a server via domain or subdomain.
```bash
openssl req -x509 -out localhost.crt -keyout localhost.key \
-newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -sha256 \
-days 36500 \
-subj '/CN=localhost' -extensions EXT -config <( \
printf "[dn]\nCN=localhost\n[req]\ndistinguished_name = dn\n[EXT]\nsubjectAltName=DNS:localhost\nkeyUsage=digitalSignature\nextendedKeyUsage=serverAuth")
```
#### Signed certificate from Let's Encrypt
Use [certbot](https://certbot.eff.org) to get a certificate from [Let's Encrypt](https://letsencrypt.org) for a domain.
```bash
certbot certonly --config-dir /home/www/certs \
--work-dir /home/www/certs \
--logs-dir /home/www/certs \
--webroot \
-w /home/www/gemini.rocks/public_html \
-d gemini.rocks \
-d www.gemini.rocks
```
Provide the path to the certificate file at `certs/live/$DOMAIN/fullchain.pem`
and the private key file at `certs/live/$DOMAIN/privkey.pem` to twins.
### StyleSheet
Provide the path to a style sheet to serve instead of the default style sheet.
This option only applies when serving HTTPS connections.
### DisableHTTPS
Pages are also available via HTTPS on the same port by default.
Set this option to `true` to disable this feature.
Pages are converted automatically by [gmitohtml](https://code.rocketnine.space/tslocum/gmitohtml).
### DisableSize
The size of the response body is included in the media type header by default.
Set this option to `true` to disable this feature.
See [PROPOSALS.md](https://code.rocketnine.space/tslocum/twins/src/branch/master/PROPOSALS.md) for more information.
### Path
#### Resources
One resource must be defined for each path.
##### Root
Serve static files from specified root directory.
##### Command
Serve output of system command.
When input is requested from the user, it is available as a pseudo-variable
`$USERINPUT` which does not require surrounding quotes. It may be used as an
argument to the command, otherwise user input is passed via standard input.
##### Proxy
Forward requests to Gemini server at specified URL.
Use the pseudo-scheme `gemini-insecure://` to disable certificate verification.
##### Redirect
Redirect requests to specified path or URL.
#### Attributes
Any number of attributes may be defined for a path.
##### Cache
Cache duration (in seconds). Set to `0` to disable caching entirely. This is an
out-of-spec feature. See [PROPOSALS.md](https://code.rocketnine.space/tslocum/twins/src/branch/master/PROPOSALS.md)
for more information.
##### FastCGI
Forward requests to [FastCGI](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FastCGI) server at
specified address or path. A `Root` attribute must also be specified.
When a client certificate is provided with a request, the SHA-1 hash of the
first certificate is available as `$_SERVER['CLIENT_CERT_A']`. If a second
certificate is provided, it is available as `$_SERVER['CLIENT_CERT_B']`, and so
on.
Connect via Unix socket:
```
unix:///var/run/php.sock
```
Connect via TCP:
```
tcp://127.0.0.1:9000
```
##### Hidden
When enabled, hidden files and directories may be accessed. This attribute is
disabled by default.
##### Input
Request text input from user.
##### Lang
Specifies content language. This is sent to clients via the MIME type `lang` parameter.
##### List
When enabled, directories without an index file will serve a list of their
contents. This attribute is disabled by default.
##### Log
Path to log file. Requests are logged in [Apache format](https://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/logs.html#combined),
excluding IP address and query.
##### SensitiveInput
Request sensitive text input from the user. Text will not be shown as it is entered.
##### SymLinks
When enabled, symbolic links may be accessed. This attribute is disabled by default.
##### Type
Content type is normally detected automatically. This attribute forces a
specific content type for a path.
## End-of-line indicator
The Gemini protocol requires `\r\n` (CRLF) as the end-of-line indicator. This
convention is carried over from protocol specifications **first written in the
1970s**. This requirement is antithetic to the spirit of Gemini (to improve
upon the Finger and Gopher protocols), increasing the complexity of client and
server implementations unnecessarily.
In anticipation of an improvement to the Gemini specification, administrators
may configure twins to send standard `\n` (LF) line endings by setting
`SaneEOL` to `true`.
References:
[1](https://lists.orbitalfox.eu/archives/gemini/2019/000131.html)
[2](https://lists.orbitalfox.eu/archives/gemini/2020/000756.html)
[3](https://lists.orbitalfox.eu/archives/gemini/2020/001339.html)
[4](https://lists.orbitalfox.eu/archives/gemini/2020/003065.html)
# Example config.yaml
1 year ago
```yaml
# Address to listen on
listen: :1965
# Custom content types
types:
.json: application/json; charset=UTF-8
.js: application/javascript; charset=UTF-8
# Hosts and paths to serve
hosts:
default: # Default host configuration
paths: # Default path attributes
-
lang: en
log: /srv/log/gemini.log
symlinks: true # Follow symbolic links
gemini.rocks:
cert: /srv/gemini.rocks/data/cert.crt
key: /srv/gemini.rocks/data/cert.key
stylesheet: /srv/gemini.rocks/style.css
paths:
-
path: ^/.*\.php$
root: /home/geminirocks/public_html
fastcgi: unix:///var/run/php.sock
-
path: /files/
root: /home/geminirocks/files
cache: 604800 # Cache for 1 week
list: true # Enable directory listing
-
path: ^/(help|info)/$
root: /home/geminirocks/docs/help
-
path: /proxy-example/
proxy: gemini://localhost:1966
-
path: /cmd-example
command: uname -a
cache: 0 # Do not cache
-
path: /
root: /home/geminirocks/public_html
twins.rocketnine.space:
cert: /srv/twins.rocketnine.space/data/cert.crt
key: /srv/twins.rocketnine.space/data/cert.key
paths:
-
path: /redir-path-example
redirect: /other-resource
-
path: /redir-url-example
redirect: gemini://gemini.circumlunar.space/
-
path: /
root: /home/twins/public_html
```