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Dead easy nginx configuration on Gentoo

Considering the hype about nginx in the Rails community, I figured it was about time to try it out.

Being the slacker that I am, I didn’t really want to have to learn how to use it. Fortunately, Ezra gives us a good starting point for a configuration.

Then Chris Wanstrath comes along and creates nginx_config_generator to make it even easier, by providing a generator around this configuration.

One kink though. Running on Gentoo and using the latest nginx package. Default template has paths not suitable for this. Bummer.

Being the clever fellow he is, Chris’s generator does provide a way around this, by letting you specify your own template to use.

I took a little time to tweak his original template for Gentoo consumption. Behold!

Here’s how you’d use it, assuming you’ve gone through the steps already mentioned in the post.

$ wget -O gentoo_nginx.conf.erb
$ generate_nginx_config config.yml nginx.conf \
      --template gentoo_nginx.conf.erb

You should be all set now.

One last note, you need to set fair: false for your sites. The fair directive doesn’t seem to work with the current version we have on Gentoo. I’m not positive, but I think it’s related to this post by Ezra

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