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Having nginx installed and Apache on port 8080. The trouble is: I'm building site for production domain (let's say and have everything configured for that domain. I change my Windows hosts file to redirect to server's IP and it worked well... before I installed nginx. Nginx resolves domains itself and (obviously) can't resolve the domain

Log says:

2012/02/07 07:35:29 [error] 11758#0: *1 could not be resolved (110: Operation timed out), client: 89.112.11.xx, server:, request: "GET / HTTP/1.1", host: ""

Well, then I try to change hosts file on my server. I do this thing in the /etc/hosts:

Okay, let's try! If this took effect, at least wget should find it correct, right? As far as I have Apache on the 8080th port, i can wget the main page:


It downloads the correct page. This means that /etc/hosts does well.

But ngnix still does not resolve it! Even after I restarted the server. Why? Does it have its own resolver or what? How to make it work?

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nginx doesn't use hosts file for domain resolving. If you use domain names for listen, proxy_pass or fastcgi_pass, you can use IP address or localhost instead:

listen localhost:80;
location / {
    proxy_pass http://localhost:8080;
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you can use dnsmasq on for resolving from /etc/hosts and place resolver to nginx config

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Vasily, welcome to ServerFault. If you have additions to an already posted answer or clarification requests to a specific question, please consider posting a comment instead of an answer. The "answer" functionality is reserved for ... well, answers exclusively. – the-wabbit Mar 7 '14 at 8:13
No, no, it is an answer - it's just completely wrong, I think, and not very detailed besides. – Falcon Momot Mar 7 '14 at 10:18
@syneticon-dj This actually is an answer to the question. It just happens to be wrong. – Michael Hampton Mar 7 '14 at 10:18
It is not wrong. It is correct and it works. – Mitar Dec 16 '14 at 16:50

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