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I have a webserver, with two PHP applications. One (WordPress) is living in the root, and another is living in a /forums location directive. In the /forums location I have to explicitly call php files for it to load. It does not automatically respect the index rule, set in the vhost.

What am I doing wrong?

root /www/wordpress;
index index.php;

location / {
  try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$args ;
  add_header Access-Control-Allow-Origin *;
}
location /forums {
  alias /www/forums;
}
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The index directive operates on URIs that end with /. See this document for more.

You explicitly add a trailing / with your $uri/ clause in the try_files statement in the location / block. Which is missing from your location /forums block.

You should use root instead of alias where the final path segments are the same. See this document for details.

Try:

location /forums {
    root /www;
    try_files $uri $uri/ =404;
}

See this document for try_files syntax.

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