Correct moving locations in default Nginx to separate files


I have a lot of location routings inside my default Nginx default file. I decided to move some of them based on the application that use them in separate .conf files. The problem is that when I transfer locations to the separate files and include them info the default files nginx does not restart

Main file :

server {
    # Enable HTTP/2
    listen 443 ssl http2;
    listen [::]:443 ssl http2;
    server_name xxxx;

    ssl_certificate /etc/xxxx;
    ssl_certificate_key /etc/xxx;

    # Include the SSL configuration from
    include snippets/ssl-params.conf;

    include /etc/nginx/conf.d/*.conf;

    location / {
        proxy_pass http://localhost:5000/;

The sample.conf file

location /test/ {       
      proxy_pass http://localhost:7000/


    location /test2/ {
      proxy_pass http://localhost:8000/;

    location /sam/test3 {
      return 301 /sam/test2/;

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Bobby Iliev
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July 3, 2022

Hi there,

Whare is the sample.conf file located at?

I could suggest doing the following:

  • First create a new directory where you would keep your include files:
mkdir /etc/nginx/include
  • Then in your server block include all conf files from that directory with the following line:
include include/*.conf;

If you are still seeing that issue, you could run an Nginx config test:

sudo nginx -t

Feel free to share the output of the config test here so I could try to advise you further.



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