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I recently moved my blog from using WordPress over to using Jekyll (I like the idea of static files for my blog). I'm using Nginx (was using it with PHP-FPM before) and have things setup to handle stuff. I've encountered one problem I do not know how to fix.

The URL structure I'm using is


I have about 5 years worth of blog posts that have been indexed by Google and they are


I want to rewrite all the older calls with the trailing slash to use the non-trailing slash URL until Google indexes all the new stuff.

Here is the nginx config stuff I have already:

    location /atthekeyboard {
            index index.html;
            try_files $uri.html $uri/ /notfound.html;

I'm using try_files because the posts are actually saved as title-of-post.html and I didn't want the .html part.

Thanks in advance for your advice and solutions!

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Something like this should remove the trailing slash and then let Nginx reparse the location blocks.

location ~ ^(/atthekeyboard/.+)/$ {
    set $noslash $1;
    rewrite ^ $noslash permanent;
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I added that in and I get '[emerg]: unknown "noslash" variable' when I run nginx -t – GrumpyCanuck Feb 28 '11 at 14:38
@GrumpyCanuck Edited it, should be compatible with older nginx versions now. – Martin Fjordvald Feb 28 '11 at 21:37
sorry, still not working :( Here's a paste of the configuration file I had to add a $ to noslash in the set command in order to get nginx to stop complaining. In case it matters, I'm using nginx version 0.7.67 – GrumpyCanuck Feb 28 '11 at 23:36
@GrumpyCanuck it was me being stupid, the configuration actually does work but I had forgotten the permanent flag on rewrite so it did an internal redirect instead of an external one. So while it redirected you couldn't actually see it. – Martin Fjordvald Mar 1 '11 at 7:29
It works perfectly now, thanks so much Martin! – GrumpyCanuck Mar 1 '11 at 13:58

i think the HTTPRewriteModule is what you are looking for

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Duh, I should've mentioned that I do know about the HTTPRewriteModule but I have been unable to figure out the proper rewrite rule to make it happen. – GrumpyCanuck Feb 28 '11 at 2:45

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