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I have a situation with a number of websites sharing a single IP address. I have nginx accepting requests and passing them on to Apache, which actually serves the sites. I know that Apache isn't really needed here, but it's set up this way for historical reasons and I'd rather not change it if I don't have to.

The way things are set up, nginx accepts a request for and passes it on to Apache like so:

server {
    listen       80;

    access_log  /var/log/nginx/example.log;
    error_log  /var/log/nginx/example.log;

    location / {
        proxy_read_timeout 120;
        proxy_set_header  X-Real-IP  $remote_addr;
        proxy_pass http://localhost:8100;

In httpd.conf, we have

<VirtualHost localhost:8100>
    Options Indexes
    DocumentRoot /export/sites/example/live

Everything has worked fine up to now, but I've added a PHP script (not my own) to the site and it is not able to get the correct hostname. Either $_SERVER["HTTP_HOST"] and/or $_SERVER['SERVER_NAME'] are returning localhost:8100 instead of

Is it possible to set this up so that PHP will get the right hostname?

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Something like proxy_set_header Host $http_host; should do it. – Mark Apr 14 '11 at 17:42

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

By default, it sends the host spec from the proxy_pass line. You can override this by throwing this config in there, forcing the Host: header to contain the same as sent by the client:

proxy_set_header Host $host;
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This worked - thanks!!! – Janine Ohmer Apr 14 '11 at 20:28

A workaround would be to change nginx thus:

   location / {
        proxy_read_timeout 120;
        proxy_set_header  X-Real-IP  $remote_addr;

Then modify /etc/hosts so and both point to (internally). But Shane's answer is better, of course.

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Why make it complicated when the problem can be solved with Shane's one liner. Keep it simple. – Sameer Apr 15 '11 at 18:10
Of course, but I posted this anyway because this approach works for any proxy and Janine hadn't tested the other answer yet. – Eduardo Ivanec Apr 15 '11 at 18:14

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