Show real server name in nginx logs and params passed to fastcgi?

Aurielle asked:

I have configured my nginx vhosts with a regex in server_name. nginx shows the raw regex in logs and in params passed to php-fpm (I know there’s $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'] with a real value, that’s not an issue). My question is how can I get nginx to put the real hostname to logs, instead of the regex.

The server_name directive looks like this:

server_name ~^(:?(?<second>.+).)?(?<domain>[^.]+.[^.]+)$;

My answer:


Use $http_host in your log_format to get the actual host that the client sent.

You can also use that variable in access_log directives to split your logs by hostname.


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