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Does nginx have an option to ignore health checks or buckets from load balancer against nodes? There are thousands of entries like - - [24/Jul/2012:08:56:59 +0200] "-" 400 0 "-" "-"

in my access.log which are useless to me.

Thanks for a tip

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server {
    listen 80 default_server;
    server_name _;
    access_log  off;
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doesn't this turn off all the logs?! – ledy Jul 24 '12 at 9:33
If you have another server sections with relevant server_name, then it turns off only for requests those don't reach one. Did you read the first link above? – VBart Jul 24 '12 at 9:37
Note, that you can also have server section with server_name ''; and server_name *; – VBart Jul 24 '12 at 9:38
yes, but i can not see if the ip or which server_name ist called. the log does not tell me. btw. i do not have a index file on this server, it's a blank page and only the health check is calling / – ledy Jul 24 '12 at 9:42
Again. Do you read the docs? default_server means that this server section will be chosen by default even if no data were sent. – VBart Jul 24 '12 at 9:46

You can turn off access_log in your global server config file and turn it on only in selected locations.

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No, the log is fine. However, the empty entries are useless. No chance to filter and leave them? – ledy Jul 24 '12 at 7:17

If you can configure your health check to pull a particular url then you can turn off access logging for it specifically

location = /health.php {

 access_log     off;
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That's probably a TCP, not HTTP, healthcheck (hence the 400 status code), and so there's no URL to match unfortunately. – mgorven Jul 24 '12 at 7:20
@mgorven: That's why I said if ... some LBs let you set a http health check. – Iain Jul 24 '12 at 7:31

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