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Configure serving static content with Nginx

You can find Nginx configurations on nginx.conf file.

# Default locaction in mac if you have installed it through homebrew:


# Possible locations on Unix or Linux


Open the configuration file: nginx.conf and locate server block under http block.

server {
    listen       80;
    access_log   logs/java2novice.access.log  main;

    # serve static files as per the below configuration. The static file will be cached for 5 days
    location ~ ^/(images|javascript|js|css|flash|media|static)/  {
      root    /var/www/java2novice/htdocs;
      expires 5d;

    # pass requests for dynamic content to rails/turbogears/zope, etc 
    location / {

Now save the configuration and restart Nginx.

$ sudo nginx -s stop
$ sudo nginx
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