I just installed my first lighttpd server, and it works fine. Now I'd like to set it up to compress output (gzip), and include appropriate cache headers (expires, last modified, and revalidate).
Magnificient, that was easy. Just edited the conf file:
compress.cache-dir = "/var/tmp/lighttpd/cache/compress/" compress.filetype = ("text/plain", "text/html")
then create the cache directory and give www-data ownership:
mkdir /var/tmp/lighttpd/cache/compress/ chown -R www-data /var/tmp/lighttpd
That rocks that the compression is cached, saves a good amount of processing power I'm sure. I actually implemented something similar for the Wordpress cache plugin I made, which uses PEAR's Cache_Lite.