I know, there are many questions related to this topic, but for some reason none of the other solutions worked for me. So here it goes:

When I'm accessing a subfolder in my root folder /dev/ containing PHP files, all I get is a blank white page, with no content when I look in the source.

Do you have any idea why this is happening?

Here are my configurations


prefix = /var/log/php5-fpm/                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
user = marian                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
group = marian                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
listen =                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
listen.backlog = 128                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
listen.allowed_clients =                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
pm = dynamic                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
pm.max_children = 30                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
pm.start_servers = 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
pm.min_spare_servers = 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
pm.max_spare_servers = 10                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
pm.process_idle_timeout = 10s;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
pm.max_requests = 500                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
pm.status_path = /status                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
ping.path = /ping                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
ping.response = pong                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
access.log = /var/log/php5-fpm/access.log                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
access.format = "%R - %u %t \"%m %r%Q%q\" %s %f %{mili}d %{kilo}M %C%%"                                                                                                                                                                                          
slowlog = slow.log                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
request_slowlog_timeout = 10s                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
request_terminate_timeout = 30s                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
rlimit_files = 131072                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
rlimit_core = 0                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
chdir = /                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
catch_workers_output = yes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
env[HOSTNAME] = $HOSTNAME                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
env[PATH] = /usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
env[TMP] = /tmp                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
env[TMPDIR] = /tmp                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
env[TEMP] = /tmp                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
php_admin_value[sendmail_path] = /usr/sbin/sendmail -t -i -f no-reply@andrew.ro                                                                                                                                                                                  
php_flag[display_errors] = on                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
php_admin_value[error_log] = /var/log/php5-fpm/error.log                                                                                                                                                                                                         
php_admin_flag[log_errors] = on


server {                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
        listen 80;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
        root /home/marian/server.com;                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
        index index.php index.html index.htm;                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
        server_name server.com *.server.com;                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
        error_log /home/marian/server.com/error.log notice;                                                                                                                                                                                                     
        access_log /home/marian/server.com/access.log main;                                                                                                                                                                                                     
        location / {                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$args;                                                                                                                                                                                                           

        location ~ \.php$ {                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_FILENAME    $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;                                                                                                                                                                            
                fastcgi_param  REQUEST_URI        $request_uri;                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                fastcgi_param  DOCUMENT_URI       $document_uri;                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                fastcgi_param  DOCUMENT_ROOT      $document_root;                                                                                                                                                                                                
                fastcgi_param  SERVER_PROTOCOL    $server_protocol;                                                                                                                                                                                              
                fastcgi_param  GATEWAY_INTERFACE  CGI/1.1;                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                fastcgi_param  SERVER_SOFTWARE    AGP;                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                fastcgi_param  REMOTE_ADDR       $remote_addr;                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                fastcgi_param  REMOTE_PORT        $remote_port;                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                fastcgi_param  SERVER_ADDR        $server_addr;                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                fastcgi_param  SERVER_PORT        $server_port;                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                fastcgi_param  SERVER_NAME        $server_name;                                                                                                                                                                                                  

                fastcgi_index  index.php;                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
                try_files $uri = /index.php?$args;                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                fastcgi_intercept_errors on;                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

        location ~* \.(gif|jpg|jpeg|png|ico|wmv|3gp|avi|mpg|mpeg|mp4|flv|mp3|ogg|mid|js|css|wml|swf|woff|ttf|html|htm)$ {                                                                                                                                        
            fastcgi_hide_header Set-Cookie;                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
            gzip on;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
            #expires max;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
            #add_header Pragma public;                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
            #add_header Cache-Control "public, must-revalidate, proxy-revalidate";                                                                                                                                                                               
            #add_header Access-Control-Allow-Origin *;                                                                                                                                                                                                           

        location ~ /\.ht {                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                deny all;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        


The error caught in the logs is:

rewrite or internal redirection cycle while internally redirecting to "/index.php", client: <IP>, server: server.comt, request: "GET /feed/ HTTP/1.1", host: "www.server.com"

But I have no index.php in the root, just index.html and there are no errors caught in the subfolder /dev/

  • 1
    You have two error logs and two access logs mentioned above - you should expand your question and add any relevant content. Jun 7 '16 at 7:58
  • I have added the error I get in the logs.
    – Marian
    Jun 7 '16 at 8:10
  • The error log shows your request is being sent to /feed/, not /dev/. Is /dev/index.php attempting to redirect there?
    – Ryder
    Jun 7 '16 at 10:36
  • No, it's not redirecting there.
    – Marian
    Jun 7 '16 at 11:42
  • gzip on; on jpg, gif and other compressed format isn't desirable. Nov 20 '18 at 23:45

Your try_files statement looks malformed. What's in /dev/?

When nginx receives a request, you currently have it set up to use the catch-all location / {} block. Which means if you go to


the webserver will try to find /dev/, /dev//, and then /dev/index.php?example_arg=0 in that order— which will be passed to the second location block.

If there is no /dev/index.php, you've explicitly told the try_files statement there to return /index.php?example_arg=0 instead— rather than a 404 or something useful.

My guess is, your top-level index.php doesn't know what to do with the arguments you've passed it and returns nothing. Hence, blank page, no foul, no error.


Troubleshooting 101

something is most likely incorrect with your php files, not the php-fpm server. I'd recommend opening a second terminal into your host, and while using

 tail -f /home/marian/server.com/access.log 

you can attempt to reach the page you're testing and identify what's going on.

  • Thanks, @ryder. I do have index.php in the /dev/ folder and even accessing the file directly at http://example.com/dev/index.php will still return a blank page.
    – Marian
    Jun 7 '16 at 8:09
  • What are the PHP access log, nginx access log and error log entries for all the attempts you have made to access the site? Jun 8 '16 at 9:13

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