Getting started

Francis Daly francis at
Thu Dec 12 17:03:18 UTC 2019

On Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 04:52:25PM +0000, James Read wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 4:42 PM Francis Daly <francis at> wrote:

Hi there,

> > If not, "nginx -V" should show the "configure arguments", which will
> > show any --conf-path or --prefix that will indicate the default config
> > file that nginx will use, if it is not the default-default.
> nginx version: nginx/1.16.1 (Ubuntu)
> built with OpenSSL 1.1.1c  28 May 2019
> TLS SNI support enabled
> configure arguments: --with-cc-opt='-g -O2

> --conf-path=/etc/nginx/nginx.conf --http-log-path=/var/log/nginx/access.log
> --error-log-path=/var/log/nginx/error.log --lock-path=/var/lock/nginx.lock

> This is the config file that I edited /etc/nginx/nginx.conf

That looks correct to me, thanks.

When you do the "reload", do you get anything new at the end of the
error_log file, probably /var/log/nginx/error.log?

If, for example, there is a config file error, then "reload" will not
actually use the new file, and there should be something saying why.

If that shows no problems, then something like

  nginx -T | grep 'server\|listen'

should show the "server" blocks, "listen" directives, and "server_name"
configurations that nginx will use.

If you consider any of the information there private -- names, or
public IP addresses, for example -- feel free to edit them; but please
do so consistently, so that any patterns remain visible.

That configuration fragment may make it possible to learn which server{}
nginx uses to handle your test request.


Francis Daly        francis at

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