nginx subrequests / background operations

bbarker5025 . bbarker5025 at
Sun Jun 8 20:00:06 UTC 2014

On Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 10:37 PM, Ameir Abdeldayem <ameirh at>

> Hello Maxim,
> Thanks for your feedback.  Yes, "proxy_cache_use_stale updating" does do a
> great job, but "the first request" is the first request per TTL, which
> relates to the problem we're facing.
> We run some high-profile sites, oftentimes with low TTLs (1m or so).  The
> queries we run on the backend are very complex and time-consuming, and
> oftentimes take on the order of 10s to complete.  Because of the low TTL,
> although most users get immediate responses, the user who makes the request
> when the entry is EXPIRED has to suffer.
> Additionally, each page load requests several resources through nginx, and
> it's happened a number of times that a single user will be the victim of
> hitting more than one EXPIRED entry, hitting the backend more than once
> (very unlucky, I know).  The end result is user complaints, which would be
> mitigated entirely if we could serve the STALE entry before updating it.
> If you have any thoughts on how to improve performance in this scenario, I
> would love to hear them.
> Thanks!
> -Ameir
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