error_page and log_not_found in nginx 0.7.8

Steffen Weber nginx at
Mon Aug 11 12:20:36 MSD 2008

I think I'm either misunderstanding the purpose of the log_not_found 
directive or maybe there is a bug in nginx 0.7.8. In May 2008 Igor 
recommended [1] the following configuration snippet to hand off all 
requests for non-existing files to PHP:

location / {
     error_page 404 = /index.php;

But this creates an entry in my error_log for each request that is 
handed off to PHP. Michael Shadle then pointed me to the log_not_found 
directive, but adding "log_not_found off;" to the configuration file 
does not seem to have any effect, no matter where I put it (http, server 
or location block).

The error I get originates from src/http/modules/ngx_http_index_module.c 
and reads

2008/08/11 10:04:17 [error] 5887#0: *1 "/doc/root/artikel/index.php" is 
not found (2: No such file or directory), client:, server:, request: "GET /artikel/ HTTP/1.1", host: 
"", referrer: ""

What am I doing wrong?

I could, of course, change the error_log directive to only log critical 
events, but I fear that I would miss some (more) important errors then.

Kind regards
Steffen Weber


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