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SSL support for Nginx

In order to take part in the “Reset the NET Campaign” (see the previous post) and to honour the first anniversary of Edward Snowden’s revelations, I configured my self-hosted server to support HTTPS/SSL requests. Now you can reach this site also at https://raspberryblog.de. Furthermore, I highly recommend using the Firefox HTTPS everywhere plugin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation to encrypt your traffic while visiting all sites supporting SSL.

Here’s a brief tutorial how it works: If you haven’t installed Nginx, yet, please see the documentation at nginx.org. For an existing installation, create a subdirectory in /etc/nginx to store your SSL certificates.

sudo mkdir /etc/nginx/ssl
cd /etc/nginx/ssl

Next, create the server key and certificate signing request. Start by creating the private server key. During this process, you will be asked to enter a passphrase. Be sure to remember this phrase! If you forget it or lose it, you will not be able to access the certificate again.

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Music Player Daemon (MPD) Workaround for the Firefox Minion Plugin

There are a lot of tutorials out there on how to install the music player daemon (MPD) on a Raspberry Pi. Therefore, I’ll not describe it here in detail. On a freshly installed Debian Wheezy it should work out-of-the-box. An “apt-get install mpd” and editing /etc/mpd.conf should do the trick.

However, if you wish to control MPD with your browser using the FireFox Minion Plugin, you’ll certainly face the problem that it’s configuration dialog for the server’s IP-address/ port number appears to be broken.


Whatever you enter into the dialog will be ignored, and Minion will stay disconnected. It’s a bug, not a feature!

In order to set the IP-address and port number you have to type about:config into Firefox’ address bar and search for the string extensions.mpm.server.

Then, double-click on the entry and enter the desired IP:Portnumber.

Furthermore, depending on where you store your audio files (I keep them on a USB stick), file permissions can be an issue, if MPD is unable to see your files. Make sure that the folder containing the audiofiles is readable for the desired users.