Nginx won't produce any access or error logs

I’ve changed my nginx.yml override file for my project to have this block at the top, but I never get any logging at all: no access log, no error log. Anyone know why that is?

And yes :wink: I know this nginx.yml file is being used because I have a rewrite lower down in the file. If I remove that rewrite or mess it up, the server responds appropriately, so I know it is parsing the file but why no error or access log at all? I tried touching the files ahead of time to prime them, no luck.

The key part is right here at the top of the nginx.yml file, but I’ll paste the whole thing below just in case there’s some other info that would explain what’s happening.


# Nginx vHost Template defintion for

### Basic vHost skeleton
vhost: |
  server {
      listen       __PORT____HTTP_PROTO____DEFAULT_VHOST__;
      server_name  __VHOST_NAME__;

      access_log /tmp/nginx-access.log combined;
      error_log /tmp/nginx-error.log notice;
      rewrite_log on;

      # Custom directives

### vHost Type (normal or reverse proxy)
  # Normal vHost (-p)
  docroot: |
    # Define the vhost to serve files
    root         "__DOCUMENT_ROOT__";
    index        __INDEX__;

  # Reverse Proxy (-r)
  rproxy: |
    # Define the vhost to reverse proxy
    location __LOCATION__ {
        proxy_set_header Host $host;
        proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
        proxy_pass __PROXY_PROTO__://__PROXY_ADDR__:__PROXY_PORT__;

### Optional features to be enabled in vHost

  # SSL Configuration
  ssl: |
    ssl_certificate           __SSL_PATH_CRT__;
    ssl_certificate_key       __SSL_PATH_KEY__;
    ssl_protocols             __SSL_PROTOCOLS__;
    ssl_prefer_server_ciphers __SSL_HONOR_CIPHER_ORDER__;
    ssl_ciphers               __SSL_CIPHERS__;

  # Redirect to SSL directive
  redirect: |
    return 301 https://__VHOST_NAME__:__SSL_PORT__$request_uri;

  # PHP-FPM will not be applied to a reverse proxy!
  php_fpm: |
    # PHP-FPM Definition
    location / {
        # be sure *nothing* is cached
        add_header Last-Modified $date_gmt;
        add_header Cache-Control 'no-store, no-cache, must-revalidate, proxy-revalidate, max-age=0';
        if_modified_since off;
        etag off;
        expires off;

        index index.php;
        # First attempt to serve request as file, then
        # as directory, then fall back to @rules.
        try_files $uri $uri/ @rules;

    # if no valid files/folders can be found, then go to special folder
    location @rules {
        expires 0d;
        rewrite ^/(.*)$ /handler/index.php?args=$1;

    location ~ \.php?$ {
        try_files $uri = 404;
        include fastcgi_params;

        fastcgi_keep_conn off;

        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
        fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(.*)$;

        fastcgi_pass __PHP_ADDR__:__PHP_PORT__;
        fastcgi_read_timeout __PHP_TIMEOUT__;

        fastcgi_index index.php;
        fastcgi_intercept_errors on;

  alias: |
    # Alias Definition
    location ~ __ALIAS__ {
        root  __PATH__;

  deny: |
    # Deny Definition
    location ~ __REGEX__ {
        deny all;

  server_status: |
    # Status Page
    location ~ __REGEX__ {
        stub_status on;
        access_log off;

  xdomain_request: |
    # Allow cross domain request from these hosts
    if ( $http_origin ~* (__REGEX__) ) {
        add_header "Access-Control-Allow-Origin" "$http_origin";
        add_header 'Access-Control-Allow-Methods' 'GET, POST, OPTIONS';
        add_header 'Access-Control-Allow-Headers' 'DNT,X-CustomHeader,Keep-Alive,User-Agent,X-Requested-With,If-Modified-Since,Cache-Control,Content-Type,Content-Range,Range';
        add_header 'Access-Control-Expose-Headers' 'DNT,X-CustomHeader,Keep-Alive,User-Agent,X-Requested-With,If-Modified-Since,Cache-Control,Content-Type,Content-Range,Range';
        add_header 'Access-Control-Max-Age' 0;
        return 200;

according to the intranet page, the logs go here /var/log/nginx-stable inside the container. change /tmp to that.

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Just to add to this - I ended up finding the logs by going into the web server shell and then finding the error log at /var/log/php/php-fpm.error