MongoDB Nginx Module

agentzh agentzh at
Tue Jul 13 06:25:49 MSD 2010

On Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 5:22 AM, Christopher Triolo
<christopher.triolo at> wrote:
> I'm in the process of creating a nginx module that serves files from a file
> system within mongoDB.
> Code is here:
> Basically we embed our C-driver into the module and talk to mongoDB that
> way.

By looking at the source code, it seems to me that it blocks on I/O. Sigh.

> When the handler is called, it retrieves a file chunk by chunk from mongoDB
> and serves it.

Is it possible to make it non-blocking? Like those using the
ngx_http_upstream facility?

> I would be very grateful if someone would be able to clear up a few things
> for me, as I still haven't fully wrapped my head around nginx's internals...
> Do I save anything by calling ngx_http_output_filter() for each chunk of
> data.

Actually, it usually makes things slower if the chunk is too small
(more invocations of the output filter chain and more writev
syscalls). We observed a significant performance difference in our
mysql driver module ngx_drizzle ;)

> If the call to mongoDB blocks the worker process, would it be just the same
> to call ngx_http_output_filter() once for the whole file?

Not really :)


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