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nginx emergency error unknown directive NGINX_REDIRECTS

| 00:00:24 30.09.2020

The combination:

DirectAdmin 1.61.4 to 1.61.5 update is available.
Nginx 1.19.2 to 1.19.3 update is available.

once updated, brings to:

nginx: [emerg] unknown directive "|NGINX_REDIRECTS|" in /usr/local/directadmin/data/users/admin/nginx.conf:32
nginx: configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf test failed

The new release of the control might have a bug, or templates shipped with the version are outdated.

Here is a quick patch for fixing it.

Custom templates for NGINX

Do you have custom templates? Check whether or not you have files:

  • /usr/local/directadmin/data/templates/custom/nginx_server.conf 
  • /usr/local/directadmin/data/templates/custom/nginx_server_secure.conf

If the files exist you will need to modify them.

You don't need to create them if you don't have them.

Default templates for NGINX

In case you don't have custom templates you will deal with the default templates, which can be found under

  • /usr/local/directadmin/data/templates/nginx_server.conf 
  • /usr/local/directadmin/data/templates/nginx_server_secure.conf

So now open either custom or default templates and add the following line:


into the files and save them.

And then run the following command:

/usr/local/directadmin/custombuild/build rewrite_confs

It should fix the issue, you might control it with the following way:

nginx -t

You should see something like this:

[root@server custom]# nginx -t
nginx: the configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf syntax is ok
nginx: configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf test is successful
[root@server custom]#
That's it.
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