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I'm trying to make the subdomain work when accessing to, it should tail to the /var/www/ where /var/www/ is the root of When I access to it lands me to the root page of

This is my configuration file for in sites-enabled:

server {

    server_name     *;
    root            /var/www/;
    index           index.php index.htm index.html;
    error_page      404 /404.html;
    error_page      500 502 503 504  /50x.html;

    access_log      /var/www/;
    error_log       /var/www/;

    # subdomain rewrites
    if ($host !~* ^www\.domain\.com$) {}
    if ($host ~* ^([^.]+)\.domain\.com$) {
        set $auto_subdomain $1;
    if (-d /var/www//www/$auto_subdomain) {}
    if (-f /var/www//www/$auto_subdomain$uri) {
        rewrite ^(.*)$ /$auto_subdomain$uri;

    # use fastcgi for all php files
    location ~ \.php$
        fastcgi_index index.php;
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME /var/www/$fastcgi_script_name;
        include fastcgi_params;

    location /dev {
        auth_basic            "Development";
        auth_basic_user_file  /var/www/;

I also need it to be aware with that it should not look for the www directory in the root of /var/www/

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Follow the procedure in the last few commands here:

You'll find some little changes in configuration to the following config is suggested:

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According to nginx documentation, you are using an ineffective way with multiple if directives. So, you should define a separate server block for and use try_files instead.

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How can I write this? – MacMac Oct 4 '11 at 16:46
Hello? I'm still asking about this. – MacMac Oct 4 '11 at 20:09
No? You're not gonna help? – MacMac Oct 5 '11 at 17:59
Both Nginx documentation site and ServerFault are full of correct configuration examples. – Alexander Azarov Oct 5 '11 at 21:55

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