I have here an nginx config. I need to comment out blocks in it:

...things I want...
...things I don't want...
...things I want...

The things are 30-50 lines long, and I won't backup and delete them. I also don't want write #s to the beginning of 30-50 code lines, and I also don't want to script/configure my text editor to do this. I think it is a quite trivial feature.

I tried

...things I want...
...things I don't want...
...things I want...

But it doesn't work. Is it really an unsupported feature in the nginx?

  • Modern editors won't need to be configured. Highlight the rows and run the comment command (e.g. ctrl + / in Atom and VSCode). For Vim, you'll need to configure it, e.g. can install the vim-commentary plugin.
    – Dennis
    Mar 27, 2018 at 10:06
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    @Dennis In my opinion, to install complex development environments on remote servers, and to run them as root, just for this would be an unfeasible solution for this problem.
    – peterh
    Aug 9, 2018 at 15:27
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Nginx configuration files do not support comment blocks; they only accept # at the beginning of a line for a comment. You can also have a valid statement followed by a # and then a comment on the same line. (Source.)

If you have between 30 and 50 lines to ditch out I'd suggest, to avoid confusion, to remove the block entirely (after making a copy of the file, unless you're using a version control system such as Git).


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