Newbie questions about nginx (moving from apache)

Igor Sysoev igor at
Fri May 27 20:43:25 MSD 2011

On Fri, May 27, 2011 at 12:19:47PM -0400, pk899 wrote:
> thanks for this. but before I try all this on a production server,
> couple questions: 
> 1. if this works with NGINX on port 81, can this work in the future on
> port 80? So will nginx and apache both be on port 80? I doubt it but
> want to confirm. 

Apache may listen on, while nginx may listen on *:80.

> 2. secondly, do you have a production-ready sample of how to set up for
> static serving? in apache for example, we set max-age, expires, gzip,
> cache-control etc for static files and this is very handy. i read the
> wiki manual for nginx and there's a lot of options in nginx too (quite
> impressive actually) but i would love to see a production recommended
> sample of commands. 

location /static/ {
    root     ...
    expires      30d;
    gzip         on;
    gzip_static  on;

Igor Sysoev

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