I have previously written an article on using SPDY with haproxy but have been spending some time recently being annoyed that the SPDY check tool said I didn’t advertise a fall back to HTTP over SSL in the NPN protocol list.

After some digging I discovered it was actually quite simple to advertise multiple protocols using npn and haproxy.

Previously my article called for using the following section of configuration at the end of the bind line.

npn spdy/2

To advertise HTTP protocols as well as SPDY you simply need to add them to the npn list, using commas as a delimiter.

npn spdy/2,http/1.1

After releasing my own versions of haproxy with SPDY support and nginx with ngx_pagespeed and SPDY support, I decided it would make sense to actually host these in my own apt repository, so I did.

You can enable this by adding it to your apt config.

wget -qO - https://apt.kura.gg/apt.kura.gg.key | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb https://apt.kura.gg/ `lsb_release -cs` main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/apt.kura.gg.list
sudo apt-get update


If you’re an Python developer that uses Ubuntu or even Debian, you have probably heard of Felix Krull’s deadsnakes PPA.

I find myself using it a lot and since I tend to destroy my environments quite frequently, I thought I’d save myself some time and write a simple shell script to install the PPA, the versions of Python I frequently use and, after messing up a machine — ignore the existing version of python.

Gist removed. Sorry.

I have previously released haproxy1.5-dev19 with SSL & SPDY support enabled and nginx 1.4.1 with SPDY support and pagespeed, although I do not remember which version of pagespeed.

I have received a few messages asking me for the latest version of haproxy, nginx and pagespeed so I decided to finally build and release them.


haproxy requires openssl-1.0.1d or higher.

On a standard Debian 7 install you should have openssl-1.0.1e-2, you can find which version you have by running

dpkg -l openssl

This should return something similar to

ii  openssl        1.0.1e-2        amd64        Secure Socket Layer (SSL) binary and related cryptographic tools

Build notes

Builds were done on Debian 7 AMD64, I will not be providing 32bit versions as this is mainly for my own usage and amusement.


This haproxy build is compiled against openssl, providing the npn module, allowing for haproxy …