I am trying to set up an alias so I can navigate to ww.*.com/dev/ and have it be serving files from out side of the root directory.

Things i've tried

  • ensured php block is in location block
  • tried replacing alias with root
  • tried commenting out include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
  • tried the suggested fix for try_files inside of nested blocks.

root - /var/www/nginx/www/a ailas - /var/www/nginx/www

my alias

  location /dev {
           alias /var/www/nginx/www;
               location ~ /([^/]+\.php)$ {
                   include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
                 # try_files /$1 =404;
                   fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
                   fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.0-fpm.sock;
                  # fastcgi_index index.php;
                   include fastcgi_params;


 # regex to split $uri to $fastcgi_script_name and $fastcgi_path
  fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;

   # Check that the PHP script exists before passing it
   try_files $fastcgi_script_name =404;

   # Bypass the fact that try_files resets $fastcgi_path_info
   # see: http://trac.nginx.org/nginx/ticket/321
   set $path_info $fastcgi_path_info;
   fastcgi_param PATH_INFO $path_info;

  fastcgi_index index.php;
   include fastcgi.conf;


fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_FILENAME    $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
  fastcgi_param  QUERY_STRING       $query_string;
  fastcgi_param  REQUEST_METHOD     $request_method;
  fastcgi_param  CONTENT_TYPE       $content_type;
  fastcgi_param  CONTENT_LENGTH     $content_length;

  fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_NAME        $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  REQUEST_SCHEME     $scheme;
  fastcgi_param  HTTPS              $https if_not_empty;

  fastcgi_param  GATEWAY_INTERFACE  CGI/1.1;
  fastcgi_param  SERVER_SOFTWARE    nginx/$nginx_version;

  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;

  # PHP only, required if PHP was built with --enable-force-cgi-redirect
  fastcgi_param  REDIRECT_STATUS    200;

any help will be appreciated



location ^~ /dev {
    alias /var/www/nginx/www;
    if (!-e $request_filename) { rewrite ^ /dev/index.php last; }

    location ~ \.php$ {
        if (!-f $request_filename) { return 404; }

        include        fastcgi_params;
        fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_FILENAME $request_filename;
        fastcgi_pass   unix:/run/php/php7.0-fpm.sock;

Use the ^~ modifier on the location block to avoid potential conflicts with other regular expression location blocks. See this document for details.

Avoid using try_files and alias together because of this long standing issue.

Most of your snippets/fastcgi-php.conf file is related to the use of pathinfo, which you do not appear to be using.

See this caution on the use of if.

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