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I've looked at many SE threads and done various google searches and can't figure out why i can't redirect to on my nginx server.

The 1st server block does the -> redirect as you'd expect. So i'm not sure why the 2nd server block isn't doing the same for the ->

Here's the relevant part of my nginx.conf file:

server {
    rewrite ^ https://$server_name$request_uri? permanent;

server {
    rewrite ^$request_uri? permanent;

server {
    listen   443;
    ssl    on;
    # other directives, handling PHP, etc.

Any thoughts on what's going wrong?

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You're redirecting to $server_name, which is in the second server block - so all that's doing is redirecting to HTTPS, not changing the host.

rewrite ^$request_uri? permanent;

That'll handle the change in host as well as the change to HTTPS.

If you wanted the redirect to be protocol agnostic, a better approach would be:

rewrite ^ $scheme://$request_uri? permanent;

On recent versions of nginx, this works as well (and should be a bit faster):

return 301 $scheme://$request_uri;
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Also, according to NGiNX's documentation, it is better practice to use return 301 instead of rewrite. – nojak Aug 27 '12 at 23:38
@Shane, sorry I made a copy/paste mistake. My 2nd directive is as you've written in your answer. Please see my updated question. Thoughts on why that doesn't work? – tim peterson Aug 27 '12 at 23:55
@Shane, also how use the return 301 given my 3 server{} blocks? I've just tried a couple things but get this error: ` invalid number of arguments in "return" directive` when I try to restart my server. – tim peterson Aug 28 '12 at 0:01
@timpeterson Do you have any other server blocks? – Michael Hampton Aug 28 '12 at 0:02
none that i know of, i'm a novice as you can tell, just did the sudo apt-get install nginx /php on my ubuntu machine and now here I am, are there other files I need to look at? – tim peterson Aug 28 '12 at 0:04

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