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I am attempting to use varnish as a front-end proxy to Nginx.

When I attempt to using the following as my vhost configuration:

server {
  listen 8080;

  # limit_conn limit_per_ip 16;
  # ssi  on;

  access_log /home/nginx/domains/playwithbits/log/access.log combined buffer=32k;
  error_log /home/nginx/domains/playwithbits/log/error.log;

  root /home/nginx/domains/playwithbits/public;

  location / {

  # Enables directory listings when index file not found
  #autoindex  on;

  # Shows file listing times as local time
  #autoindex_localtime on;

  # Enable for vBulletin usage WITHOUT vbSEO installed
  #try_files             / /index.php;


  include /usr/local/nginx/conf/staticfiles.conf;
  include /usr/local/nginx/conf/php.conf;
  include /usr/local/nginx/conf/drop.conf;
  #include /usr/local/nginx/conf/errorpage.conf;

However this stops working when I specify listen 8080 and redirects to the default nginx web root (as specified in virtual.conf), if I remove that line it works as expected and redirects to the correct directory.

Does anyone know why this is happening and how I can set a non-standard port for my vhost so varnish can listen on port 80.

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Did you do nginx -t to check nginx config when listen 8080; was specified? – hangover Jun 14 '12 at 3:04
@hangover Cheers, didn't know about that. It returns nginx: the configuration file /usr/local/nginx/conf/nginx.conf syntax is ok nginx: configuration file /usr/local/nginx/conf/nginx.conf test is successful – George Reith Jun 14 '12 at 8:04
up vote 0 down vote accepted

The problem wasn't Nginx, it was Wordpress. Apparently WordPress redirects itself and you have to put the port extension onto the WordPress Address (URL) setting in the dashboard like so:

And it works, otherwise WordPress redirects to port 80 causing my default Nginx configuration to kick in.

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