location vs. rewite

etrader nginx-forum at nginx.us
Mon Apr 1 12:51:23 UTC 2013

I want to server favicon from a different place rather than the root folder.
As I explored I have two options

location = /favicon.ico { alias /var/www/media/images/favicon.X.ico; }

rewrite ^/favicon.ico /var/www/media/images/favicon.X.ico last;

As I understand the second one needs an additional regex check for every
request to check if the url is favicon or not (imagine that we have a rewite
of ^/(.*)\.(.*) and thus the favicon rewite must be first).

How the location works? Does it also should be checked on every request?

In general, which solution is better ?

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