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

- April 17, 2017

web server quit 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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