Rewrite assistance needed

Igor Sysoev is at
Tue May 5 09:11:31 MSD 2009

On Tue, May 05, 2009 at 05:59:14AM +0200, John Stykes wrote:

> Hi, im hoping i can get some insight into why the following rewrite
> rules are not working (or if I am missing the boat alltogether in using
> rewrites at all for this problem).
> I am currently using nginx to support a backend website to serve static
> files. In most cases everything is fine with the urls that come in the
> format of:
> /clientfiles/foldera/somecategory/somefile.doc
> the problem however occurs when 2 specific requests come to the server
> with the following requests:
> /clientfiles/General%20Business/somecategory/somefile.doc
> and
> /clientfiles/Insurance%20&%20Finance/somecategory/somefile.doc
> typically all the requests are mapped to a specific folder like so:
> /clientfiles/Support/somecategory/somefile.doc would be mapped to
> /var/www/data/clientfiles/Support/somecategory/somefile.doc
> but the 2 specific urls above are problematic because of the spaces (in
> both) and the ampersand (in one).
> i've tried endless rewrite rules to make the 2 examples above point to a
> different directory on the filesystem but nginx cannot find the file and
> i get 404 errors. Filesystem is linux.
> I have tried using a directory with spaces escaped with \ - no luck

If these files are served by nginx without backend participation,
the you need just

    location /clientfiles {
        root  /var/www/data;

Igor Sysoev

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