# Windows installation - setting root

John Moore grails at jmsd.co.uk
Sat Dec 6 15:52:00 MSK 2008

```Merlin wrote:
> Generally, you will want to always use forward slashes.  I am 90% this
> is also the case with nginx on windows; however, I lack a windows
> machine to test on.  Have you tried it both ways?
>
> On Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 6:10 AM, John Moore <grails at jmsd.co.uk
> <mailto:grails at jmsd.co.uk>> wrote:
>
>     I'm trying out the Windows port, but don't see much in the way of
>     documentation. How would one specify a Windows path in the
>     nginx.conf file? For example, if I wanted to specify my root
>     directory, which is, e.g. 'C:\MyApp\webroot', would I use forward
>     or backward slashes, etc?
>
>     TIA
>
>
You're right about the forward slashes, but it turned out that was not
the root of the problem. It seems that the root directory has to be
within the nginx directory, as this is the error I get when I specify
'c:/Shared/projects/testapp' as the root:

2008/12/05 13:00:52 [error] 6376#0: *4 open()
"/cygdrive/c/nginx/c:/Shared/projects/testapp/index.htm" failed (2: No
such file or directory), client: 127.0.0.1, server: localhost, request:
"GET /index.htm HTTP/1.1", host: "10.0.2.2"

I clearly cannot specify an absolute path, it must be relative to and