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I am new to nginx and I have been on apache before.

In apache, each directory can have a .htaccess to target the directory and and it's subdirectories.

Is this possible for nginx? If so, how do I do that?

Thank you very much!

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Nginx doesn't have .htaccess support nor even any kind of per-directory configuration files in which users can modify configuration. Also no any kind of runtime configuration changes (kill -HUP needed to reload config). But anyway nginx mostly used for reverse proxying

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nginx doesn't have .htaccess support, you should add all the configuration to nginx standard conf.

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is a workaround (kind of a "duct tape") for shared hosting environments. It has a performance (speed) penalty.

read prooflink from NGiИX developers:

So the main rule when you configuring (migrating from apache) is: NEVER USE CONVERTERS!!!

Look at location and try_files directives instead:

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