Kubernetes – Nginx – PHP-FPM

I am currently experimenting with Kubernetes and deploying immutable images that contain a PHP webapplication in a load balanced setup.

What I am reading is that both your PHP-FPM (obviously) and your NGINX (this is what puzzles me) need to contain your app (php) code?

Ideally i want to build a custom docker image for php-fpm that includes my app code.
But doing the same for the nginx feels very inefficient?

Since nginx is ‘just’ a proxy to redirect php requests towards the php-fpm pods, i dont really see the need to have my app code in the nginx container also.

I was reading here:
This seems like a similar setup.

My ideal scenario is having an ingress (nginx) that points to the nginx proxy that then redirects towards the php-fpm (if it is a php request).

If i need to create custom images for both nginx & php-fpm, then it almost feels smarter to create one apache-php image?

All suggestions welcomed!

The nginx config that i am currently looking at looks like this

server {
    listen 80;
    index index.php index.html;
    server_name localhost;
    error_log  /var/log/nginx/error.log;
    access_log /var/log/nginx/access.log;
    root /var/www/myprojectroot; <==== this is the one confusing me!

    location ~ .php$ {
        try_files $uri =404;
        fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+.php)(/.+)$;
        fastcgi_pass php:9000;
        fastcgi_index index.php;
        include fastcgi_params;
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
        fastcgi_param PATH_INFO $fastcgi_path_info;

This one also seems conceptually related, but leaves me wondering on how to procedd nonetheless: https://stackoverflow.com/a/49496411/4875368

Source: StackOverflow