I had an issue lately where a new subdomain I’d added for a site wasn’t accessible. Trying to debug it, when I ran nslookup sub.example.com my.webhost.dns it returned the correct IP address of the server where the subdomain was meant to be pointing. But when I ran nslookup sub.example.com 188.8.131.52 (that’s Google’s DNS server) then it couldn’t find the domain.
Eventually I tracked down the problem, and it was something very simple. The domain wasn’t actually set to use my webhost’s DNS servers. Instead I had it configured to use CloudFlare’s DNS servers.
So if you have this problem, make sure you double-check that the DNS server(s) you’re updating are actually set as the primary DNS servers for the domain. It might seem obvious, but it’s easy to overlook (at least it was for me!)
I had a problem recently where Nginx wasn’t gzipping responses, despite having the necessary lines in my nginx.conf. In looking for a solution, I found quite a few posts covering various reasons why gzip might not be working. But none that fitted my case.
So, I thought I might as well share what the problem / solution was in my case, plus the other reasons why Nginx may not be gzipping files. Hopefully this will be helpful to anyone else trying to figure out why their Nginx gzip configuration isn’t working.
So the solution here is just to ensure you include all mime types you want gzipped after the gzip_types directive.
This was what the problem was in my case. By default, Nginx will only gzip responses where the HTTP version being used is 1.1 or greater. This will be the case for nearly all browsers, but the problem comes when you have a proxy in front of your Nginx instance.
So the browser was sending the request using HTTP1.1, the frontend Nginx was receiving the request, then proxying it to my backend Nginx using HTTP1.0. My backend Nginx saw the HTTP version didn’t match the minimum gzip default of 1.1 and so sent back the response unzipped.
In this case you either need to update the proxy_http_version directive of the proxying server to use 1.1. Or you need to set the gzip_http_version to 1.0 in your config.
I think this is likely to be a rather unusual situation, but I found it described here: nginx gzip enabled but not not gzipping. Basically they had some security software installed on the client machine they were testing from. This software was deflating and inspecting all requests before they were sent on to the browser.
The same thing could happen if there was a proxy between you and the server that deflates any gzipped responses before sending them on to you. But I think it would be very rare to have proxy configured like that.
There could also be other reasons why Nginx might not be gzipping responses. For example, it could be you’re using a gzip_disable directive that matches. Or you have gzip off; somewhere later in your config. But I think the items above are likely to be the main reasons why Nginx isn’t (or looks like it isn’t) gzipping files when it should be.