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3.10 Setting up NGINX with Lua

NGINX could be extended with Lua scripts.

Guix provides NGINX service with ability to load Lua module and specific Lua packages, and reply to requests by evaluating Lua scripts.

The following example demonstrates system definition with configuration to evaluate index.lua Lua script on HTTP request to http://localhost/hello endpoint:

local shell = require "resty.shell"

local stdin = ""
local timeout = 1000  -- ms
local max_size = 4096  -- byte

local ok, stdout, stderr, reason, status =
   shell.run([[/run/current-system/profile/bin/ls /tmp]], stdin, timeout, max_size)

ngx.say(stdout)
(use-modules (gnu))
(use-service-modules #;… web)
(use-package-modules #;… lua)
(operating-system
  ;; …
  (services
   ;; …
   (service nginx-service-type
            (nginx-configuration
             (modules
              (list
               (file-append nginx-lua-module "/etc/nginx/modules/ngx_http_lua_module.so")))
             (lua-package-path (list lua-resty-core
                                     lua-resty-lrucache
                                     lua-resty-signal
                                     lua-tablepool
                                     lua-resty-shell))
             (lua-package-cpath (list lua-resty-signal))
             (server-blocks
              (list (nginx-server-configuration
                     (server-name '("localhost"))
                     (listen '("80"))
                     (root "/etc")
                     (locations (list
                                 (nginx-location-configuration
                                  (uri "/hello")
                                  (body (list #~(format #f "content_by_lua_file ~s;"
                                                        #$(local-file "index.lua"))))))))))))))