unknown directive "allow" in /etc/nginx/conf.d/acl.conf

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  • When I try to deploy an IP blocking rule on the webserver service, I get this message:
    unknown directive "allow" in /etc/nginx/conf.d/acl.conf:1
  • I have reviewed the directive and it is correct:

    deny all;


  • Liferay PaaS


  • Nginx has not recognized the directive in the configuration file.
  • It's probably that your editor has inserted an invisible formatting character that is not a normal ASCII space:
  • It can also happen when you copy and paste settings between different operating systems.
  • Please check the Nginx configuration file.

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