Handle user uploads in static content server (newbie question)

Gabriel Evans me at gabevans.com
Mon Apr 12 06:18:42 MSD 2010

Just like you configure a proxy to your backend server, you can have a
separate directory for uploaded files served through a proxy. There should
be no need to sync files between the two servers.

For example:
location /uploads/ {
    proxy_pass # or whatever

On Sun, Apr 11, 2010 at 5:58 PM, Leonardo Crespo <leo at leocrespo.com> wrote:

> Hi guys.
> Newbie question here, apologies in advance.
> By using a static content server (nginx as reverse proxy), how does
> one deal with user uploads? I mean, I can understand if I client
> request our website’s /images/logo.png file, because we manually store
> it on the static content server, but what about the photo that our
> user just uploaded to his photo album?
> My confusion is: if a request is to a .php file, I’ll pass through the
> back-end server. So If a user wants to upload a file, it’ll be upload
> to /user-uploads/file.jpg *on the back-end server*. How can we make
> the static server serve the image? I’m imagining there has to be some
> sort of synchronization, but then again there the problem that the
> image might take longer to be replicated to the static content server
> and when the user request’s it, he’ll get a 404… not acceptable for
> online businesses.
> Can anyone with more experience tell me what am I missing?
> Cheers
> Leonardo
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