Convert Alias from apache (totally different root)

Francis Daly francis at
Wed Jun 7 11:35:29 UTC 2017

On Tue, Jun 06, 2017 at 06:37:45PM -0400, ianwinter wrote:

Hi there,

> I've read the docs and understand how root and alias work within a location,
> but, neither can be used to convert what I've got in apache that I can see.
> Take the example `Alias /media /path/to/assets` in apache, the location and
> path are completely different (media doesn't form any part either in
> addition or removed).

I'm not fully sure what you mean here, but I think that the above Apache
config means that a request for the url /media/file.png will be served
from the file /path/to/assets/file.png.

Something similar in nginx would be like

  location /media { alias /path/to/assets; }

but it is probably better in nginx to use something like

  location ^~ /media/ { alias /path/to/assets/; }

in case you have top-level regex locations that might interfere.

> The issue in converting to a location with alias or root is monitoring is
> still there, or, excluded - I need a way to change the location to
> completely use a different document root otherwise I'm not sure how I can?
> location /media { root /path/to/assets; }

That should lead to a request for the url /media/file.png being served
from the file /path/to/assets/media/file.png.

That is probably not what you want here.

Francis Daly        francis at

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