I'm trying to run a django site with apache mod-wsgi with nginx as the front-end to reverse proxy into apache.

In my Apache ports.conf file:


    DocumentRoot /var/apps/example/
    ServerName example.com

    WSGIDaemonProcess example
    WSGIProcessGroup example

    Alias /m/ /var/apps/example/forum/skins/
    Alias /upfiles/ /var/apps/example/forum/upfiles/
    <Directory /var/apps/example/forum/skins>
            Order deny,allow
            Allow from all

    WSGIScriptAlias / /var/apps/example/django.wsgi


In my nginx config:

server {
        listen       80;
        server_name  example.com;

        location / {            
            include /usr/local/nginx/conf/proxy.conf;
            proxy_redirect default;
            root /var/apps/example/forum/skins/;

        #error_page  404              /404.html;

        # redirect server error pages to the static page /50x.html
        error_page   500 502 503 504  /50x.html;
        location = /50x.html {
            root   html;


After restarting both apache and nginx, nothing works, example.com simply hangs or serves index.html in my /var/www/ folder.

I'd appreciate any advice to point me in the right direction. I've tried several tutorials online to no avail.

  • 2
    Have you confirmed whether Apache/mod_wsgi works by access the backend web server first, ie., bypassing nginx? Jun 9, 2010 at 1:07
  • Hmm, good point. It worked before when I had PHP, but then I installed mod_wsgi and everything seems broken.
    – user11243
    Jun 9, 2010 at 17:06
  • ok nevermind it works now, the problem was /root/.python-eggs. It was trying to find python eggs at /var/www/...
    – user11243
    Jun 9, 2010 at 18:20
  • 2
    You might post that as the answer so that this question gets marked as answered.
    – beans
    Mar 7, 2011 at 18:38

1 Answer 1


I've got a sneaky suspicion that the problem might be /root/.python-eggs -- I think you might be trying to find python eggs at /var/www/... ;)

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