nginx as a reverse proxy dor several internal services and ssl-endpoint

Norbert Klamann Norbert.Klamann at
Sun Apr 27 15:20:41 MSD 2008

Hello list,
I want to use nginx as a ssl-Endponit and semi-public face to some internal
wenservicese like trac, nagios and squirrelmail. These services run on other
(virtual) boxes, nginx shall live in its own (virtual machine). 

The web services run (for the time being) under apache2.

I installed the dev version 0.6.29 under ubuntu dapper

My problem is that I cannot reach the backends cleanly. For example I can see 
the nagios front page but the links to the cgis are wrong and lead to 404.

I see the Nagios start page at but when I
click the link to the 'Tactical overview' it looks like this

and leads to a 404

I have a hard time to 'get' this rewrite and redirection stuff and see some 
inconsitency in the descriptions here 

the examples ther use 2 parameters to the proxy_pass statement, but this 
leads to syntax errors and it is not clear what it should do at all.

This is the relevant part of the nginx.conf:
server {
    listen       443;
    ssl on;
    ssl_certificate     /etc/nginx/ssl/intern_cert.pem;
    ssl_certificate_key /etc/nginx/ssl/intern_private.key;
    keepalive_timeout 70;
    location / {
        root   html;
        index  index.html index.htm;
    location /nagios/ {
 #     rewrite ^/nagios$ break;
 #   makes no difference
      proxy_pass  http://inagios:80/nagios2/;
      proxy_redirect http://inagios:80/nagios2/ /nagios/ ;

The proxy parameters are in a separate file and work fine for a 'trac'

The apache config for the nagios server is this :
ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/nagios2 /usr/lib/cgi-bin/nagios2
ScriptAlias /nagios2/cgi-bin /usr/lib/cgi-bin/nagios2
Alias /nagios2 /usr/share/nagios2/htdocs
<DirectoryMatch (/usr/share/nagios2/htdocs|/usr/lib/cgi-bin/nagios2)>
        Options FollowSymLinks

        AllowOverride AuthConfig
        Order Allow,Deny
        Allow From All

        AuthName "Nagios Access"
        AuthType Basic
        AuthUserFile /etc/nagios2/htpasswd.users
        require valid-user
and the cgi configuration is this (excerpt):

Thanks for listening and for nginx itself !


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