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Mastering NGINX by Dimitri Aivaliotis

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Common configuration errors

The next step in troubleshooting a problem is to take a look at the configuration, to see if it actually achieves the goal you are trying to accomplish. NGINX configurations have been floating around the Internet for a number of years. Often, they were designed for an older version of NGINX, and to solve a specific problem. Unfortunately, these configurations are copied without really understanding the problem they were designed to solve. There is sometimes a better way to solve the same problem, using a newer configuration.

Using if instead of try_files

One such case is a situation in which a user wants to deliver a static file if it is found on the filesystem, and if not, to pass the request on to a FastCGI server: ...

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