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I am trying to port my local environment on a mac to use nginx

from the logs I first got [emerg] 9449#0: bind() to failed (13: Permission denied) but running sudo nginx solved this

now if I input the address, it just downloads a file?

in the conf I have set a virtual host and I have put the name in the hosts file

    listen       80;

    root /Users/redres/Webdev/nodejsphp;
    index index.phtml index.htm;
         location / {


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Only root is allowed to bind ports <1024. Check that you run nginx as regular user or www-data user or root. Nginx has drop privilages mechanism to do it. You run it as root, nginx binds to 80 then drop privilages to user pointed in configuration.


Of course giving root/admin privilages is only one method. You can use selinux or CAP_NET_ADMIN linux capability to give access only to binding port below 1024 and nothing else.

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thanks, I figured that one out – Richard Sep 29 '13 at 12:40
@spinus, could you explain this in more detail please? I don't quite understand and could use this solution. Thank you :) – Andy Jones Oct 19 '13 at 4:24
@AndyJones there is nothing to explain. Only privileges (root/administrator or application with privileges to do that) can use ports below 1024. So you have to use ports above 1024 or grant privileges to application. – spinus Oct 21 '13 at 19:35
Keep in mind that neither SELinux nor Linux capabilities are available on this user's Mac. – Michael Hampton Jul 5 '14 at 15:22

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