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My nginx root is /usr/share/nginx/html/ and my Node.js App is at /root/app/. But the reverse proxy searches for the app at nginx root.

I used the following location block.

location /t {
  rewrite ^/t/(.*) /$1 break;
  proxy_pass http://127.0.0.1:3000;
}

And changed the base uri in the app's config to

baseURI: '/t'

But I get a blank page, but the title bar says "AppName"

Here is the nginx error log

2017/10/26 16:41:43 [error] 3585#0: *5 connect() failed (111: Connection refused) while connecting to upstream, client: 49.206.123.228, server: _, request: "GET /t HTTP/1.1", upstream: "http://127.0.0.1:3000/t", host: "139.59.46.93"
2017/10/26 16:41:43 [error] 3585#0: *5 open() "/usr/share/nginx/html/50x.html" failed (2: No such file or directory), client: 49.206.123.228, server: _, request: "GET /t HTTP/1.1", upstream: "http://127.0.0.1:3000/t", host: "139.59.46.93"
2017/10/26 16:41:43 [error] 3585#0: *5 open() "/usr/share/nginx/html/favicon.ico" failed (2: No such file or directory), client: 49.206.123.228, server: _, request: "GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1", host: "139.59.46.93", referrer: "http://139.59.46.93/t"
2017/10/26 16:41:43 [error] 3585#0: *5 open() "/usr/share/nginx/html/404.html" failed (2: No such file or directory), client: 49.206.123.228, server: _, request: "GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1", host: "139.59.46.93", referrer: "http://139.59.46.93/t"
2017/10/26 16:41:45 [error] 3585#0: *5 connect() failed (111: Connection refused) while connecting to upstream, client: 49.206.123.228, server: _, request: "GET /t/ HTTP/1.1", upstream: "http://127.0.0.1:3000/", host: "139.59.46.93"
2017/10/26 16:41:45 [error] 3585#0: *5 open() "/usr/share/nginx/html/50x.html" failed (2: No such file or directory), client: 49.206.123.228, server: _, request: "GET /t/ HTTP/1.1", upstream: "http://127.0.0.1:3000/", host: "139.59.46.93"

##### Ignore above errors. Forgot to use public IP

2017/10/26 16:43:45 [error] 3620#0: *1 open() "/usr/share/nginx/html/static/css/main.749f8f8f.css" failed (2: No such file or directory), client: 49.206.123.228, server: _, request: "GET /static/css/main.749f8f8f.css HTTP/1.1", host: "139.59.46.93", referrer: "http://139.59.46.93/t/"
2017/10/26 16:43:45 [error] 3620#0: *1 open() "/usr/share/nginx/html/404.html" failed (2: No such file or directory), client: 49.206.123.228, server: _, request: "GET /static/css/main.749f8f8f.css HTTP/1.1", host: "139.59.46.93", referrer: "http://139.59.46.93/t/"
2017/10/26 16:43:45 [error] 3620#0: *1 open() "/usr/share/nginx/html/static/js/main.5957a012.js" failed (2: No such file or directory), client: 49.206.123.228, server: _, request: "GET /static/js/main.5957a012.js HTTP/1.1", host: "139.59.46.93", referrer: "http://139.59.46.93/t/"
2017/10/26 16:43:45 [error] 3620#0: *1 open() "/usr/share/nginx/html/404.html" failed (2: No such file or directory), client: 49.206.123.228, server: _, request: "GET /static/js/main.5957a012.js HTTP/1.1", host: "139.59.46.93", referrer: "http://139.59.46.93/t/"
2017/10/26 16:43:48 [error] 3620#0: *1 open() "/usr/share/nginx/html/static/css/main.749f8f8f.css" failed (2: No such file or directory), client: 49.206.123.228, server: _, request: "GET /static/css/main.749f8f8f.css HTTP/1.1", host: "139.59.46.93", referrer: "http://139.59.46.93/t/"
2017/10/26 16:43:48 [error] 3620#0: *1 open() "/usr/share/nginx/html/404.html" failed (2: No such file or directory), client: 49.206.123.228, server: _, request: "GET /static/css/main.749f8f8f.css HTTP/1.1", host: "139.59.46.93", referrer: "http://139.59.46.93/t/"
2017/10/26 16:43:48 [error] 3620#0: *3 open() "/usr/share/nginx/html/static/js/main.5957a012.js" failed (2: No such file or directory), client: 49.206.123.228, server: _, request: "GET /static/js/main.5957a012.js HTTP/1.1", host: "139.59.46.93", referrer: "http://139.59.46.93/t/"
2017/10/26 16:43:48 [error] 3620#0: *3 open() "/usr/share/nginx/html/404.html" failed (2: No such file or directory), client: 49.206.123.228, server: _, request: "GET /static/js/main.5957a012.js HTTP/1.1", host: "139.59.46.93", referrer: "http://139.59.46.93/t/"
2017/10/26 16:43:50 [error] 3620#0: *3 open() "/usr/share/nginx/html/static/css/main.749f8f8f.css" failed (2: No such file or directory), client: 49.206.123.228, server: _, request: "GET /static/css/main.749f8f8f.css HTTP/1.1", host: "139.59.46.93", referrer: "http://139.59.46.93/t/"
2017/10/26 16:43:50 [error] 3620#0: *3 open() "/usr/share/nginx/html/404.html" failed (2: No such file or directory), client: 49.206.123.228, server: _, request: "GET /static/css/main.749f8f8f.css HTTP/1.1", host: "139.59.46.93", referrer: "http://139.59.46.93/t/"
2017/10/26 16:43:50 [error] 3620#0: *1 open() "/usr/share/nginx/html/static/js/main.5957a012.js" failed (2: No such file or directory), client: 49.206.123.228, server: _, request: "GET /static/js/main.5957a012.js HTTP/1.1", host: "139.59.46.93", referrer: "http://139.59.46.93/t/"
2017/10/26 16:43:50 [error] 3620#0: *1 open() "/usr/share/nginx/html/404.html" failed (2: No such file or directory), client: 49.206.123.228, server: _, request: "GET /static/js/main.5957a012.js HTTP/1.1", host: "139.59.46.93", referrer: "http://139.59.46.93/t/"
2017/10/26 16:43:50 [error] 3620#0: *1 open() "/usr/share/nginx/html/favicon.ico" failed (2: No such file or directory), client: 49.206.123.228, server: _, request: "GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1", host: "139.59.46.93", referrer: "http://139.59.46.93/t/"
2017/10/26 16:43:50 [error] 3620#0: *1 open() "/usr/share/nginx/html/404.html" failed (2: No such file or directory), client: 49.206.123.228, server: _, request: "GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1", host: "139.59.46.93", referrer: "http://139.59.46.93/t/"

How can I successfully reverse proxy without moving my app from /root/app to the nginx root?

UPDATE :

On viewing the source of the page, I can see that nginx is trying to load resources from /static/js and /static/css at http://139.59.46.93 when it should be loading them from http://139.59.46.93:3000

So it is basically proxying the port, but not the resources.

How do I pass the resources too?

  • Have you looked at the Nginx root command? Your question isn't particularly clear. – Tim Oct 27 '17 at 1:52
  • What do the nginx debug logs say? – womble Oct 27 '17 at 2:35
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You are using /t in location, but rewrites ^/t/(.*), so nginx doesn't rewrite request to /t and it is passed to your app as is.

In general, you should always use trailing slash in location directive that should match directory (unless you're absolutely sure, you don't need it).

Also there is a shortcut for this common case to replace location prefix in nginx. Try this one:

location /t/ {
    proxy_pass http://127.0.0.1:3000/;
    # note this slash --------------^
}

Documentation on proxy_pass says:

A request URI is passed to the server as follows:

  • If the proxy_pass directive is specified with a URI, then when a request is passed to the server, the part of a normalized request URI matching the location is replaced by a URI specified in the directive.

Nginx will replace /t/ in location directive with / from proxy_pass directive.

Probably you have to change app's baseURI to /t/ too.

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