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so... when did luci webadmin break?


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hi all, so about 2 years ago i decided to turn my mk5 into a plain ole regular openwrt router. though it may seem like sacrelege to amany amongst you,
i thought it was pretty dope. i retained many of the pineapple infusions in the background using nginx but used uhttpd for the webadmin.

installing it was as simple as:

opkg update && opkg install luci
/etc/init.d/uhttpd enable
/etc/init.d/uhttpd start

anyway, that was about two years ago. as one of the antennas broke, it just sat in a box collecting dust since then. however, this week, after finally fixing the damn thing, i decided to reflash and start from scratch. but alias! the luci webserver is broken. no more luci interface:

i just keep getting this:

Unable to launch the requested CGI program:
/www/cgi-bin/luci: No such file or directory



anyone familiar with this? i have quite literally been alternating firmware versions — from the latest, down, then from the earliest up. i must've tried in excess of 10 firmware installs by now.
then, when i tracked down the date of the build to mid-2014, i fanned out from there... nothing.

i just know that the solution is as simple as a few lines of code — any takers?

jah bless

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wooh! finally fixed it. for those who may be interested in doing likewise, the process is as follows:

flash the latest beta firmware version 3.0.0, open /etc/opkg.conf and append the following lines:

src/gz snapshots http://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/trunk/ar71xx/packages
src/gz base http://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/trunk/ar71xx/base/
src/gz luci https://downloads.openwrt.org/chaos_calmer/15.05.1/ar71xx/generic/packages/luci/
src/gz management https://downloads.openwrt.org/chaos_calmer/15.05.1/ar71xx/generic/packages/management/
src/gz packages https://downloads.openwrt.org/chaos_calmer/15.05.1/ar71xx/generic/packages/packages/


then execute the following:

opkg update
opkg install luci


this also installs uhttpd. by default, it binds HTTP to port 80 which i believe will conflict with nginx. to modify, edit /etc/config/uhttpd and modify like so.

    # HTTP listen addresses, multiple allowed
        list listen_http

then it's a matter of enabling the uhttpd startup and service with

/etc/init.d/uhttpd enable
/etc/init.d/uhttpd start

you will then be able to login to the luci admin page, in the above example, at





Edited by pr0metheus
corrected opkg file path
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