try_files and static web site

Jauder Ho lists at
Tue Jul 7 09:33:30 MSD 2009

I have a site that is completely static and I figured I would use
try_files however this results in HTTP 500 errors for directories i.e.
trying to get to results in a 500 error. What's
wrong with this config? Thanks.


  server {
    # port to listen on. Can also be set to an IP:PORT
    listen 80;

    # Set the charset
    charset utf-8;

    # sets the domain[s] that this vhost server requests for

    # doc root
    root /var/www/;

    # vhost specific access log
    access_log  /var/log/nginx_access.log  main;

    # Catchall for everything else
    location / {
      root /var/www/;
      access_log off;

      index index.html index.shtml;
      expires 1d;

      try_files $uri $uri/;

      #if (-f $request_filename) {
      #  break;

    error_page 500 502 503 504 /500.html;
    error_page 404 /404.html;

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