Remove unnecessary check in ngx_http_stub_status_handler()

Chris Newton cnewton at
Tue Jan 5 13:24:04 UTC 2021

I was desk checking return codes generated in handlers following calls to
ngx_http_send_header(), and noticed what appears to be an unnecessary test
in ngx_http_stub_status_handler() -- or rather, I think the test should
always evaluate as true, and if somehow it isn't odd things could occur -
at least an additional ALERT message would be logged, as well as some
unnecessary work performed.

As such, I'd like to propose the following change:

*--- a/src/http/modules/ngx_http_stub_status_module.c*

*+++ b/src/http/modules/ngx_http_stub_status_module.c*

@@ -106,11 +106,7 @@ ngx_http_stub_status_handler(ngx_http_request_t *r)

     if (r->method == NGX_HTTP_HEAD) {

         r->headers_out.status = NGX_HTTP_OK;

-        rc = ngx_http_send_header(r);


-        if (rc == NGX_ERROR || rc > NGX_OK || r->header_only) {

-            return rc;

-        }

+        return ngx_http_send_header(r);


     size = sizeof("Active connections:  \n") + NGX_ATOMIC_T_LEN

On a successful call to ngx_http_send_header() I believe that
r->header_only will be set true and otherwise I'd expect one of those error
checks to evaluate true, so unconditionally returning the value from
ngx_http_send_header() seems 'cleaner'.

If the test were to somehow fail, then processing would fall through and
try the ngx_http_send_header() call again (resulting in the ALERT message),
as well as performing other additional work that should be unnecessary when
making a HEAD request

That test seems to be SOP after calling ngx_http_send_header(), but it
seems inappropriate when that function is called within an "r->method ==


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