Perl not working with Nginx via fastcgi, cannot decipher error logs

ProfessionalAmateur asked:

Im running CentOS 6.2, Nginx 1.2.3 following these Linode Instructions to get Perl to work with Nginx I’ve done everything upto the point of testing an actual Perl file. When I do this the browser says:

The page you are looking for is temporarily unavailable.
Please try again later. 

And my Nginx error-log shows the following:

2012/09/02 22:09:58 [error] 20772#0: *1 connect() failed (111: Connection refused) while connecting to upstream, client:, server: localhost, request: "GET / HTTP/1.1", upstream: "fastcgi://", host: ""

Im stuck at this point. Im not sure if it matters but I also have spawn-fcgi and php-fpm to serve up PHP files on this site, but that should be 100% seperate from the perl-fastcgi setup, different port, etc..

How can I troubleshoot this?

My answer:

upstream: "fastcgi://"

returned the error

(111: Connection refused)

This means that nothing is actually listening on that port.

The most likely cause is that you didn’t actually start the perl-fastcgi service.

/etc/rc.d/init.d/perl-fastcgi start

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