how can i quickly handle alternate config for site downtime?

Corey Donohoe atmos at
Sat Dec 27 00:59:55 MSK 2008

On Fri, Dec 26, 2008 at 1:49 PM, Jonathan Vanasco <nginx at> wrote:
> for the pat few years, i have stuff like this:
> file:  /_hosts/findmeon_
> content:
>        include /_hosts/findmeon_/ ;
>        #include /_hosts/findmeon_/ ;

Is this other config file pointing tosome kind of status page that
says " is down right now!" or something similar?  If it
is, you prolly wanna investigate maintenance pages and have them
return 503s during the downtime.

> when i want to take a domain up/down, i just toggle to comment line for the
> include, and restart nginx like magic.
> i'm wondering if there is a better way?
> ideally i'd like to be able to either have some sort of if/else logic in
> nginx , and maybe either a command-line or file based way (this way kill
> -HUP still works )
> or maybe someone else has a better method ?

Corey Donohoe

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