Shared nginx configuration for multiple servers

Ondrej Jombik jombik at
Wed Apr 6 20:51:18 MSD 2011

Yes, I can confirm this, it is not evaluated.

So probably I need to do:

     if ($hostname eq 'servername1') {
         include /etc/nginx/conf.d/servername1.conf;

But I read on MANY places that using if() is evil.

Now I do not know what to do.
Can some expert suggest a prefered way?



On Wed, 6 Apr 2011, Antoine Bonavita wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm no expert but from what I can see in the code (ngx_conf_file.c),
> the argument to include directive is not "evaluated". So, I would say
> the behavior you are seeing is "as expected" although probably not the
> one you would like...
> May be you can confirm by enabling debug on your install. In the logs
> you should see a line like "include <filename>".
> Good luck.
> Antoine.
> On Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 1:00 AM, Ondrej Jombik <jombik at> wrote:
>> We have bunch of servers, where we want to share configuration via SVN
>> or GIT (or whatever). So on all server there will be the same
>> configuration files set - this is easy to maintain.
>> Although the most of the configuration is the same on all servers, there
>> is a small set of differences for certain servers.
>> I would like to separate this per-server configuration differences into
>> files called $hostname.conf in the conf.d directory.
>> However this is not working for me:
>>    include /etc/nginx/conf.d/$hostname.conf;
>> Is this supposed to work, or not? If not, what is prefered way to
>> achieve my goal?

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