After updating locations.conf nginx reload!


I was following this doc on using Let’s Encrypt

After allowing .well-known directory to be reachable in EasyEngine.

vim /etc/nginx/common/locations.conf

nginx reload fails

 $ sudo nginx -t && service nginx reload
nginx: the configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf syntax is ok
nginx: configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf test is successful
 * Reloading nginx configuration nginx!


You probably have a user / group ownership or user / group permissions issue with locations.conf


Hello David,

it doesn’t look like it.

drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4.0K Jan  3 12:04 .
drwxr-xr-x 8 root root 4.0K Jan  3 09:32 ..
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  208 Jun 28  2015 acl.conf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1.7K Jan  3 12:04 locations.conf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  236 Jun 28  2015 php.conf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  237 Jun 28  2015 php-hhvm.conf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1.2K Jun 28  2015 w3tc.conf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1.2K Jun 28  2015 w3tc-hhvm.conf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1.3K Jun 28  2015 wpcommon.conf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1.3K Jun 28  2015 wpfc.conf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1.3K Jun 28  2015 wpfc-hhvm.conf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1.2K Jun 28  2015 wpsc.conf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1.2K Jun 28  2015 wpsc-hhvm.conf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  358 Jun 28  2015 wpsubdir.conf


Hey There,

Interesting, what’s in locations.conf and nginx.conf?

Just double check you don’t have any strange lines or control chars.


Thanks David

contents of locations.conf is exactly

contents of nginx.conf is exactly

any other ideas?


Still have no idea why this is not working? Any assistance would be great.

I notice the easyengine article has been taken down?


With EE 3.4.0 you don’t need any hacks to enable HTTP/2.

However, EE does not provide ALPN yet, what makes HTTP/2 kinda useless (as much as I can tell).


Thanks @janiosarmento just this morning realised that v3.4.0 comes with built in support for Let’s Encrypt.

Still could not solve why nginx reload fails - So just moved to a new EC2 instance. Thats the benefit of easyengine, its so quick!