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Mastering NGINX - Second Edition

By : Dimitri Aivaliotis
Book Image

Mastering NGINX - Second Edition

By: Dimitri Aivaliotis

Overview of this book

NGINX is a high-performance HTTP server and mail proxy designed to use very few system resources. But despite its power it is often a challenge to properly configure NGINX to meet your expectations. Mastering Nginx is the solution – an insider’s guide that will clarify the murky waters of NGINX’s configuration. Tune NGINX for various situations, improve your NGINX experience with some of the more obscure configuration directives, and discover how to design and personalize a configuration to match your needs. To begin with, quickly brush up on installing and setting up the NGINX server on the OS and its integration with third-party modules. From here, move on to explain NGINX's mail proxy module and its authentication, and reverse proxy to solve scaling issues. Then see how to integrate NGINX with your applications to perform tasks. The latter part of the book focuses on working through techniques to solve common web issues and the know-hows using NGINX modules. Finally, we will also explore different configurations that will help you troubleshoot NGINX server and assist with performance tuning.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Mastering NGINX - Second Edition
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Directive Reference
Persisting Solaris Network Tunings

Chapter 2. A Configuration Guide

The NGINX configuration file follows a very logical format. Learning this format and how to use each section is one of the building blocks that will help you create a configuration file by hand. Constructing a configuration involves specifying global parameters as well as directives for each individual section. These directives and how they fit into the overall configuration file is the main subject of this chapter. The goal is to understand how to create the right configuration file to meet your needs.

This chapter will help you reach this goal by explaining the following topics:

  • The basic configuration format

  • NGINX global configuration parameters

  • Using the include files

  • The HTTP server section

  • The virtual server section

  • Locations—where, when, and how?

  • The mail server section

  • Full sample configuration