Occasional misplaced gzip headers?
mdounin at mdounin.ru
Tue Apr 6 02:27:48 MSD 2010
On Fri, Apr 02, 2010 at 05:18:56PM -0700, Frank Farmer wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've been seeing rare malformed responses from nginx with a strange
> 26 byte header prepended to them.
> $ od -c file.part | head
> 0000000 037 213 \b \0 \0 \0 \0 \0 \0 003 002 \0 \0 \0 377 377
> 0000020 003 \0 \0 \0 \0 \0 \0 \0 \0 \0 H T T P / 1
> 0000040 . 1 2 0 0 O K \r \n S e r v e
> The first two bytes look suspiciously like a gzip header.
Yep, looks like empty gzip file indeed. Such spurious bytes
before response may theoretically happen if subrequests are used
incorrectly (i.e.: do you use any 3rd party/your own modules?).
Could you please show nginx -V output and your config?
> I saw a problem like this back in April '09 when I first deployed
> nginx as a reverse proxy in front of Apache:
This is completely different problem and it's in Apache, not
> Recently, we moved nginx to a separate box on the same LAN, keeping
> the same version (0.6.35 -- I know, it's old, but it's been stable).
> Suddenly, we're seeing very similar symptoms again. It doesn't
> happen reliably, and it doesn't happen often. I had one user report
> 3 instances over the course of 15 minutes. After receiving a
> garbled response, a second request for the same URL seems to
If you are able to reproduce the problem it whould be helpfull to
look into problematic request/response debug log as well. See
here for details:
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