I needed to have cache on “/” based on the user’s IP, but based on the full URL when parameters were passed.

This webpage provides MaxMind information: when you request “/” you will see your own, but you could use “/?ip=xxx.xxxx.xxx.xxx” to get information of any IP. So I needed an NGINX cache that was unique per IP on “/” but shared for “/?ip=xxx.xxxx.xxx.xxx”.

To achieve this, you need to change the default “proxy_cache_key” configuration. This was my approach:

    # Default value for all requests
    set $cache_key "$scheme$request_uri";

    # if "/" we change it
    if ($request_uri ~ "^/$"){
       set $cache_key "$scheme-$remote_addr";
    # we change the key using the $cache_key variable
    proxy_cache_key $cache_key;
    # add a header for debug
    add_header X-Cache-Key $cache_key;

This can be improved, but gave me the cornerstone for my caching needs.