troubleshooting: check this thread

by tobi @, Thursday, March 14, 2013, 20:35 (4113 days ago)
edited by jtojnar, Thursday, August 08, 2019, 13:43

In this thread I will gather the most common issues.


You can find a nginx configuration here:

lighttpd config

You can find a lighttpd configuration here:

After installation all looks weird
Mac OS and Linux users must ensure that all files will be uploaded. Also the file .htaccess which is hidden by default on Unix based Systems.

Password protected rss feeds
You can also subscribe to password protected rss feeds. Just enter the username and password before the url:

The page is empty or following php error occurs

PHP Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_CLASS in index.php on line 1

Choose the binary upload in your FTP Client software.

There are problems on the feed update process, where can I find more debug information?

selfoss offers an logging mechanism which can be activated via the configuration file config.ini

Change there the option

logger_level = ERROR


logger_level = DEBUG

Then you can find detailed information about the feed update in the log file:

I only get an ServerError 500
This error occurs especially on Apache 1. Insert in the .htaccess following line below RewriteEngine on

RewriteEngine on
RewriteBase /path/to/selfoss/

I only get a following parse error

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /WWWROOT/221694/htdocs/selfoss/index.php on line 17 
Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING in /WWWROOT/221694/htdocs/selfoss/index.php on line 17

You need at least PHP version 5.3. selfoss is not compatible wit PHP version 5.2 or lower.

Opening selfoss will show only a page with the content but without any image or styling

Ensure that you have enabled the mod_rewrite and mod_headers module. Check your .htaccess. Its possible that you have to set RewriteBase.

How can I import my feeds from another reader or the google reader?

You can use the opml import to move your list of feeds from any other reader to selfoss. Just open the link and follow the instructions.

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