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I'm new to Nginx but was interested in trying it out.

I now have Nginx listening to port 80 and serving static html content from /srv/www for a main "promo site". I've also set up apache2 to the serve content from the same location to localhost:8080. Under that location I have a folder called beta which contains a Drupal installation that I would like to serve with Apache instead of Nginx.

I've successfully managed to configure Nginx so that requests going to are served by Apache and the files are correctly visible in browser, except for any Drupal related php files. info.php (<?php phpinfo(); ?>) also works. For any of the Drupal related php files I get a standard 500 error.

My config files for both apache and nginx below:


    ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost

    DocumentRoot /srv/www
    <Directory />
            Options FollowSymLinks
            AllowOverride None
    <Directory /srv/www>
            Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
            AllowOverride None
            Order allow,deny
            allow from all

    ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /usr/lib/cgi-bin/
    <Directory "/usr/lib/cgi-bin">
            AllowOverride None
            Options +ExecCGI -MultiViews +SymLinksIfOwnerMatch
            Order allow,deny
            Allow from all

    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
    AddType application/x-httpd-php .php

    # Possible values include: debug, info, notice, warn, error, crit,
    # alert, emerg.
    LogLevel warn

    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

Alias /doc/ "/usr/share/doc/"
<Directory "/usr/share/doc/">
    Options Indexes MultiViews FollowSymLinks
    AllowOverride None
    Order deny,allow
    Deny from all
    Allow from ::1/128



server {
    #listen   80; ## listen for ipv4; this line is default and implied
    #listen   [::]:80 default ipv6only=on; ## listen for ipv6

    root /usr/share/nginx/www;
    index index.html index.php index.htm;

    # Make site accessible from http://localhost/

    location / {
            # First attempt to serve request as file, then
            # as directory, then fall back to index.html
            try_files $uri $uri/ /index.html;
            # Uncomment to enable naxsi on this location
            # include /etc/nginx/naxsi.rules

    location /doc/ {
            alias /usr/share/doc/;
            autoindex on;
            deny all;

    location ~ ^/beta {
            include /etc/nginx/proxy_params;
            index index.php index.html index.htm;
share|improve this question –  Drew Khoury Apr 30 '13 at 8:12
What's in your Apache's error log for the 500? You call the 500 "standard", but is that an nginx 500 or an Apache 500? –  BMDan May 3 '13 at 15:57
It was the Apache 500. Thanks for pointing out the error log, I have no idea why I didn't check that out before! :D From there I found Sun May 05 18:38:01 2013] [error] [client] PHP Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING in /usr/share/nginx/www/beta/sites/default/settings.php on line 214 It would seem that some of the modifications I did to drupal settings weren't correct! –  jesseniem May 5 '13 at 16:25

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