default domain name

esujit nginx-forum at
Sat Mar 30 17:17:20 UTC 2013

I am trying out the proxy (without cache module) functionality in nginx.

Here is the problem I am encountering
On the client machine the default domain name is
when user types in http://department in the browser, the DNS resolves to
When this http request gets intercepted by the nginx proxy, it is not able
to process the request. It gives an error "cannot resolve department"

tcpdump trace showed that the http request has the HOST header without the
domain name. 
HOST: department

Is there any way we can specify a default domain name in nginx config.

>From further investigating found that the server_name directive matches the
HOST header. Is there any rewrite regex we could use 
such that IF the  HOST header has a value without domain name THEN add the
default domain name.

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