I cannot see files uploaded to ngnix website path

I upload my web site via, I have provided /usr/share/ngnix/html as the path to upload files. Dploy tells me the file are successfully uploaded, but I cannot see them when I log as root (using putty). Yet, if I do a find / -name ‘world.html’ -print ubuntu tells me the file is there! yet, no amount of ls -la will show it, and oddly report 20 files while only 5 showing (including . and … entries). I destroyed and reinstalled the droplet many times trying different variations without success. I am not sure if it’s an Ubuntu or an Ngnix issue, or neither. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Here’s a paste of session interaction:

root@valcatraz:/usr/share/nginx/html# ls -la total 20 drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Jul 4 12:36 . drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Mar 24 12:11 … -rw-r–r-- 1 root root 537 Mar 4 2014 50x.html -rw-r–r-- 1 root root 618 Jul 4 12:36 index.html -rw-r–r-- 1 root root 20 Mar 24 12:12 info.php

root@valcatraz:/usr/share/nginx/html# find / -name ‘world.html’ -print /usr/share/ngnix/html/world.html



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Ok, thanks, will follow your suggestion.

Well, if you look at my original post you can see that “ls -la” reports that there are 20 files and shows only 3, with no subdirectory at all (it’s out of the box, I haven’t installed these files, they were already there).

You can also see that when I ask “find” to search for “world.html” it says it’s found in usr/share/ngnix/html, although “ls” tells me otherwise…

And now, without me having done anything since last reply, “ls -la” reports only 12 files (no longer 20) and shows the same 3 that where already there.

Scratching my head…

Sadly everything was already like how you suggested, except the “autoindex on;” statement, but adding it hasn’t changed a thing.

How is it possible that the shell tells me there is 20 files there and show me only 3? I am no unix guru by any stretch of the imagination, but I have never seen anything like that. How cand “find” report the file, but not “ls”? :(

I just chose a droplet with every installed hoping to just have to put my files, but apparently there are some other steps I need to take, maybe it’s a security/user/group/etc thing that I have to set?

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We need to change the root

nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/default

or use your preferred text-editor

Change root to :

root  /usr/share/ngnix/html;

Change location / to :

  location / {
        # First attempt to serve request as file, then
        # as directory, then fall back to displaying a 404.
        try_files $uri $uri/ =404;
        autoindex on;


Save and restart nginx

service nginx restart

If it works click that hearth to show me some love :-)