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XF 1.2 Returning HTTP 503 Error Codes with Nginx During Maintenance

Discussion in 'Installation, Upgrade, and Import Support' started by DeltaHF, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. DeltaHF

    DeltaHF Well-Known Member

    I'm going to convert my vBulletin forum to XenForo, and I want to close off the /forum/ subdirectory of my site during the process and return a custom 503 error page. Of course, I still need to be able to access the subdirectory from my IP address while this is going on. I'm using Nginx and PHP-FPM.

    Here's my first attempt at a relevant location block, assuming my IP address is It blocks public requests to static files in the /forum/ directory, but PHP files can still be accessed by anyone.

            location ^~ /forum/
                    if ($remote_addr != "")
                            return 503;
                    include /usr/local/nginx/conf/php.conf;
    If I remove the "include" which loads in my php.conf, then I can't execute PHP files in the directory myself, which is obviously a requirement. Any ideas how I can get this working?
  2. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  3. DeltaHF

    DeltaHF Well-Known Member

    Thanks. That does stop the PHP scripts from being executed.

    Now I just need to figure out how to get "deny all" to throw a 503 instead of a 403.

    EDIT: Yeah, doesn't look like there's any way to do that... I don't want to return 403's while my forum is converting. Ugh. Is there really no way to do this?

    EDIT 2: I figured this out! See http://serverfault.com/a/544056/192616.
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2013

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