I'm trying to set up a django site using docker, nginx and uwsgi: I have a nginx docker container working as a reverse proxy (called ceca-nginx-proxy) and another nginx (ceca-nginx) container that communicates with an uwsgi container (ceca-uwsgi), I can connect using curl (with curl --resolve http://test.ceca.com to the ceca-nginx container and I get the django site running in the ceca-uwsgi container, the problem is when I want to get the site via ceca-nginx-proxy: I'm getting this error in my ceca-nginx-proxy error log:

ceca-nginx could not be resolved (5: Operation refused), client:, server: *.ceca.com, request: "GET / HTTP/1.1", host: ""

  • is the docker ip assigned
  • *.ceca.com is the server_name defined in the ceca-nginx-proxy's nginx config
  • is the ceca-nginx-proxy ip
  • The server block of ceca-nginx-proxy reverse proxy is:

    server {
        listen 80;
        server_name *.ceca.com;
        error_log   /tmp/proxy_error_nginx.log warn;
        access_log  /tmp/proxy_access_nginx.log;
        location / {
            set $example ceca-nginx;
            proxy_pass http://$example;

    And I'm running dnsmasq in the same machine to resolve hostnames in /etc/hosts (hostnames from docker linked containers) like this:

    dnsmasq -q -8 /tmp/dnsmasq.log --port 53 -R -u root

    For what I see in dnsmasq.log, the hostname is resolving ok [1] but nginx is complaining and returning a "502 Bad Gateway" page. If anyone can help me with this, I'll be eternally grateful and buy lots of beer and fernet if we met.

    Jun  6 21:39:47 dnsmasq[321]: query[A] ceca-nginx from
    Jun  6 21:39:48 dnsmasq[321]: /etc/hosts ceca-nginx is
    Jun  6 21:39:48 dnsmasq[321]: query[AAAA] ceca-nginx from
  • Well, the solution was to use resolve; but without dnsmasq running and nginx 1.10... I'm not sure why, but now it is working – Pablo K Jun 10 '16 at 13:50

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