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So, we're using Node.js to power CompassionPit.com, and it's all served up by nginx.

nginx is throwing a 504 Gateway Time-out

The interesting thing, however, is that if I navigate to http://compassionpit.com/index.html, then I can access the page (I believe the requested is routed through the Node app which is running on port 8000).

And http://compassionpit.com/blog/ is working.

But http://compassionpit.com/ is down. :(


root@li70-243:~# cat /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/blog
server {
    listen       80 default;                # your server's public IP address
    server_name  compassionpit.com;
    index        index.html;

    location /blog/wp-content/ {
        alias /opt/blog/wp-content/;

    location /blog/ {
        root /opt/;

        include        fastcgi_params;
        fastcgi_pass   localhost:8080;
        fastcgi_index  index.php;
        fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_FILENAME  $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;

    location / {
        alias /opt/chat/static/;

        if (-f $request_filename) {
        if (!-f $request_filename) {


root@li70-243:~# cat /etc/nginx/nginx.conf 
user www-data;
worker_processes  1;

error_log  /var/log/nginx/error.log;
pid        /var/run/nginx.pid;

events {
    worker_connections  1024;
    # multi_accept on;

http {
    include       /etc/nginx/mime.types;
    default_type application/octet-stream;

    access_log  /var/log/nginx/access.log;

    sendfile        on;
    #tcp_nopush     on;

    #keepalive_timeout  0;
    keepalive_timeout  65;
    tcp_nodelay        on;

    gzip  on;
    gzip_disable "MSIE [1-6]\.(?!.*SV1)";

    include /etc/nginx/conf.d/*.conf;
    include /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/*;

root@li70-243:~# free
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:        509868     394168     115700          0      43540     215296
-/+ buffers/cache:     135332     374536
Swap:       524284          0     524284
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It's also possible that the Node app died...or is only partially working –  Zachary Burt Apr 28 '11 at 7:57

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Try this instead of your location / :

location / {
    alias /opt/chat/static/;
    try_files $uri @nodejs;

location @nodejs {

And always inspect error.log, it's your best friend.

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