Nginx location testing is not redirecting to the correct page


I am completely new to nginx, therefore please be kind. I have my domain registered and I am trying to get the following to happen.

When a user enters I want them to get a 404. When they enter in I want them to get my index.html. This is an unusual use case, but its what I would like.

I have set-up a site under

/var/www/example/public_html // /with index.html as well /var/www/example/public_html/test //with index.html as well

The config is located under:


The symbolic link is working and is: /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/example

Heres my config for example:

        listen 80;
        server_name example;

        #not sure if i need the below to lines?
	root /var/www/example/public_html;
        index index.html index.htm;

        location /
                return 404;

        location /test/
                root /var/www/example/public_html/test;
                index index.html index.htm;

When I enter, I do get my 404. But when I go to I just get a 404 as well, when I was hoping the /test/ would be matching and change the root so the index would show.

If I get rid of the two location checks, then typing goes to my index.html page as expected.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you.


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Hello, I solved this just in case anyone is interested, After looking in the error.log, etc/logs/nginx/error.log I found the following:

2015/08/06 10:19:46 [error] 8402#0: *3 “/var/www/example/public_html/test/test/index.html” is not found (2: No such file or directory), client: ***, server: example, request: “GET /test/ HTTP/1.1”, host: “

So it looks like when you are modifying the root, it also concatenates the current get uri context which explains the test\test. Hope this might help someone. Thank you.