Ready to Quit after my Web Server Decided to Quit Working for me

April 17, 2017

My web server quit responding yesterday. It took me about 17 hours to fix it and only because I found it that way today. Despite what some people may think, I don’t spend all of my time in front of a computer.

I’m using Nginx as my web server. Once I set up a configuration file, I never have to change it. The changes I have to make are always in “included” files, which have nothing to do with virtual host settings. I was shocked when I found out what the issue was, to put it mildly.

Ready to Quit

I’ve been thinking about giving this up for months. Even so, I wasn’t ready to quit until the web server quit on me. The only reason I kept trying to figure out what was wrong was because I want to quit when I’m ready to quit and not before.

I found out the web server wasn’t responding this morning, shortly after getting out of bed. After fiddling with it for more than two hours, I was ready to drop everything and call it a day.

A last-ditch effort saved the day, so to speak.

The Issue

This issue makes no sense to me. I was missing the “default_server” flag for port 443. Here’s the rub: It was always missing. If it’s required, I should have had this issue when I was setting it up.

When I added the flag, everything suddenly worked like before. Again, it makes no sense to me. Someday, I’ll figure it out but it won’t be today.

Depression Sucks

When I thought about dropping everything, I got depressed. And it happened quickly. So quickly that I felt ill even after I fixed the configuration file.

I’m not ready to quit. Not yet anyway. This little ordeal showed me I still have a few miles (or kilometers) to go before I can get off this highway.

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