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I have a joomla site being served from an nginx server with the following config

server {

    listen 80;
    server_name heftpathology.com;
    server_name_in_redirect off;

    access_log /var/log/nginx/localhost.access_log ;
    error_log /var/log/nginx/localhost.error_log info;

    root /var/www/vhosts/heftpathology.com/httpdocs;
    index index.php index.html index.htm default.html default.htm;
    # Support Clean (aka Search Engine Friendly) URLs
    location / {
            try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$args;

    # deny running scripts inside writable directories
    location ~* /(images|cache|media|logs|tmp)/.*\.(php|pl|py|jsp|asp|sh|cgi)$ {
            return 403;
           error_page 403 /403_error.html;

    location ~ \.php$ {
        fastcgi_index index.php;
        include fastcgi_params;
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
        #include /etc/nginx/fastcgi.conf;

    # caching of files 
    location ~* \.(ico|pdf|flv)$ {
            expires 1y;

    location ~* \.(js|css|png|jpg|jpeg|gif|swf|xml|txt)$ {
            expires 14d;


As per joomla docs.

However URLs are being served as:


i.e. With the site name twice in them.

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Check your php scripts. Probably you forgot to add protocol to your links – Alexey Ten Jul 2 '14 at 10:01
Yep what they said ^ or you have a typo in your global config base URL in Joomla. – zigojacko Jul 2 '14 at 11:35
Silly question but have you enabled SEF within Joomla's control panel? – Simon Hayter Jul 2 '14 at 22:37
not a silly question! I was trying to restore from an Akeeba back up, worked fine on a mac server as a test, when moving onto production debian server where issue occurred. Looked in database and config file, SEF is indeed enabled. Ive disabled and now works great, thanks – Craig Webster Jul 3 '14 at 22:46

The issue was not related to Nginx setup, instead it was a setting to enable SEF in Joomla's database. Disabling SEF stopped the issue from occurring.

A restore to local OS X server did not show the issue after initial installation, it occurred however after a Debian installation.

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