I would like to add a condition in an adduser script to update nginx.conf for it to load ~/www as http://ipaddress/~user whenever I create a new user.

And when a user is named www.domainname it will host that domain name in the ~/www folder.

Is there a script that already does this?

  • No, there isn't. – mailq Sep 17 '11 at 12:53

You don't need to add anything to nginx upon user creation. Simply use something like this in your server block:

location ~ ^/~(.+?)(/.*)?$ {
    alias /home/$1/www$2;
    autoindex on;

Check your distributions /etc/skel

if you mkdir /etc/skel/www all userdirs created by adduser (or your distributions adduser-script) will have this directory by default.

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  • now what if i want the users to override this once then have pointed their dns to that server? – Joseph Le Brech Oct 10 '11 at 11:42
  • I dont understand the question/issue :/ – Franz Bettag Oct 16 '11 at 10:22
  • if a user has a site hosted on ~username is there a way for the user to change it to domainname – Joseph Le Brech Oct 17 '11 at 7:26
  • You could give the user the possibility to have his own nginx.conf, something like (not 100% correct, but the direction is there): if (-e /home/$1/.nginx.conf) { include(/home/$1/.nginx.conf); } there the user could do his own setup, but also break the server-restart. this is a bit of a compilcated issue. – Franz Bettag Oct 17 '11 at 10:56
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    that actually rocks :) – Joseph Le Brech Oct 18 '11 at 13:52

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