I have a php nginx web site for which I defined default locations. This works fine except that I can’t get the favicon.ico to be returned. The favicon.ico file is stored at the root of the root directory.

I currently have this:

location / { error_page 404 = @pmwiki; log_not_found off; }
location = /robots.txt { access_log off; log_not_found off; }
location @pmwiki { rewrite ^/(.*)$ /?n=$1 last; }
location ~ ^/(cookbook|local|scripts|wiki.d|wikilib.d) { deny all; }
location ^~ /docs { autoindex on; types { text/plain php; } }
location ~ \.php$ { . . . }
location ~ /\. { deny all; }

I need to add the following, but don’t know what to put in place of the question marks.

location = /favicon.ico { ???? }
  • Probably the only statement you need is root /path/to/directory; specifying the directory containing the file favicon.ico. – Richard Smith Mar 26 '19 at 10:06
  • @RichardSmith I already have a root statement above the list of location statements, but when I copy pasted the root statement in place of the ???, it worked. Is there a way to avoid the root path copy ? – chmike Mar 26 '19 at 10:19
  • Yes. Don't do it. location = /favicon.ico { } will inherit the value of root from the surrounding context. – Richard Smith Mar 26 '19 at 10:22
  • @RichardSmith this is strange. I tested this and it didn’t work. Now it works. Thank you very much. If you provide an answer, I’ll accept it. – chmike Mar 26 '19 at 10:34

You do not need anything between the {}. An empty block will inherit values from the surrounding context for many of the directives, including the current document root.

So the simplest solution to point the URI /favicon.ico to the file /path/to/root/favicon.ico is:

root /path/to/root;
location = /favicon.ico { }
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