Understanding URL rewrite in sites-available

ashrobertent nginx-forum at nginx.us
Sat Oct 2 05:15:13 MSD 2010

Okay, I am using CodeIgniter which likes to use URL rewrites. I can turn
it off, but don't want to. I was able to deny direct access to index.php
and at one point I was able to have the URL rewrite accept
index.php/non-url/but/url-looking-data which it passed to index.php

My problem is that I have no idea what I am doing, I am just copying
examples and thus I got one working, but when I tried the other I lost
the first fix.

Let my start simple (for my sake) I see that one person said that all
rewrites should be done at the server level instead of the location
level... verification of this? Is that true?

What does !-e $request_filename due?

Why is it better than try_files (which I saw one person use) ?

Exactly what I am trying to do is hide index.php in the URL,  but still
send all url requests to index.php WITH the full url so that CodeIgniter
can disect the url and get the paramaters for index.php to process.

Any help is appreciated. I will try to get better questions as I learn
about this.

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