Writing rewrite rules in Laravel Forge


That’s a lovely little trick. When writing Nginx rules in Laravel Forge, it’s easy to forget that it matches everything in the string. Consider whether you want this redirection: /product-a -> /category-1/product-a

Solution

To match the beginning of the string, add. ^

^/product-a -> /category-1/product-a

Why is this so?


curl http://mydomain.com/product-a -v

// Everything works as anticipated. 
// location: http://mydomain.com/category-1/product-a

// However...

curl http://mydomain.com/category-1/product-a
// Error too many redirects

Nginx rewrite rules matches all strings and stops at the first best fragment: /product-a -> /category-1/product-a it goes for that one.

Adding a slash works, but most of the time Nginx isn’t set to add an ending slash

Bonus

If you’re using Laravel Forge and want to look at a site’s rewrite rules, here is where you’ll find them:

/etc/nginx/forge-conf/mysite.com/server/redirect_rules.conf

Notes

  1. Don’t modify them by hand; instead, utilize Forge.
  2. If your changes are not reflected, remember to restart Nginx.
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