FastCGI upstream timeout question

Michael Shadle mike503 at
Wed Oct 14 09:31:57 MSD 2009

I have switched around my architecture now, and I have one nginx
server that is serving up all static content and proxying FastCGI
(php) stuff to one of three servers that are basically just running

I have a website that allows for large file uploads - I just tried
uploading a 160 meg file, and it chugged along all the way until the
end, then I got this:

2009/10/13 22:23:46 [error] 28261#0: *3157128 upstream timed out (110:
Connection timed out) while sending request to upstream, client:, server:, request: "POST /user/swfupload/put.php
HTTP/1.1", upstream: "fastcgi://", host: ""

I did receive only one other message, but I don't think this should
really matter. This occurred very early on in the process.

2009/10/13 21:24:11 [warn] 28261#0: *3157128 a client request body is
buffered to a temporary file /var/lib/nginx/body/0000000400, client:, server:, request: "POST /user/swfupload/put.php
HTTP/1.1", host: ""

Do I need to set some insanely large timeouts on the nginx side so
that it keeps the request open for the entire file upload? It took at
least 20-25 minutes. I don't see why I would get a timeout right when
it was done unless the server needed to be told to keep the connection
alive the entire time?

Here's any possible relevant nginx config stuff:

worker_processes 2;
worker_cpu_affinity 0001 0010;
worker_rlimit_nofile 131072;

events {
        use epoll;
        worker_connections 32768;

fastcgi_buffers 32 8k;
fastcgi_buffer_size 8k;
fastcgi_busy_buffers_size 16k;
fastcgi_cache off;
fastcgi_ignore_client_abort on;
fastcgi_index index.php;
fastcgi_intercept_errors on;
fastcgi_read_timeout 120;

        sendfile on;
        tcp_nopush on;
        tcp_nodelay on;
        ignore_invalid_headers on;
        client_max_body_size 251m;
        client_header_buffer_size 8k;

        client_body_buffer_size 416k;
        large_client_header_buffers 16 8k;
        keepalive_timeout 30;

        proxy_buffer_size 16k;
        proxy_buffers 16 8k;

This is on Linux (Ubuntu Jaunty) all up to date...

# nginx -V
nginx version: nginx/0.8.19
built by gcc 4.3.3 (Ubuntu 4.3.3-5ubuntu4)
configure arguments: --conf-path=/etc/nginx/nginx.conf --prefix=/usr
--user=www-data --group=www-data
--pid-path=/var/run/ --lock-path=/var/lock/nginx.lock
--with-http_stub_status_module --with-http_gzip_static_module
--without-mail_pop3_module --without-mail_smtp_module
--without-mail_imap_module --with-http_flv_module
--with-http_ssl_module --with-http_dav_module
--with-http_realip_module --with-http_xslt_module --with-debug

Any ideas? Thanks.

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