The connection was reset

Douglas Stanley doug at
Sat Jan 26 03:45:25 MSK 2008

Well, the type of request is just whatever firefox sends by default (I'm
assuming GET), I don't know for sure because nginx never logs anything
when this happens.

The relevant portion of my configs is:

user www-data;
worker_processes  4;

error_log  /var/log/nginx/error.log debug;
pid        /var/run/;

events {
    worker_connections  2048;

http {
    include       /etc/nginx/mime.types;
    default_type  application/octet-stream;

    access_log  /var/log/nginx/access.log;

    sendfile        on;
    tcp_nopush     on;

    #keepalive_timeout  0;
    keepalive_timeout  65;
    tcp_nodelay        on;

    #gzip  on;

    include /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/*;


#Then here's the config for the domain in question (I changed the domain
#name to though.
#Config for

server {
        listen   80;

        access_log  /var/log/nginx/example.access.log;

        location / {
                root   /home/customers/example;
                index  index.html;
        location /linkpics/ {
                alias /home/customers/example/linkpics/;
                autoindex on;

        #error_page  404  /404.html;

        # pass the PHP scripts to FastCGI server listening on
        location ~ \.php$ {
                fastcgi_index  index.php;
                fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_FILENAME
                include /etc/nginx/fastcgi_params;

        # deny access to .htaccess files, if Apache's document root
        # concurs with nginx's one
        location ~ /\.ht {
                deny  all;

There's not much there. On that domain, I'm not proxying, just serving
static html and a 2mb flash file. One other domain, I'm doing fastcgi
to another server and it gets the same message in firefox but it happens
more often to that one (it sits and does auto refresh ever 5 min, so
probably only happens more cause it's constantly refreshing).

Part of me thinks it might be a firewall problem or other networking
thing since nginx doesn't even log that a connection occurs when it
happens, but I have other servers on the same lan with the same firewall
out front and I've never seen this with them (one's apache and ones
lighttpd). So I don't know. Mainly I was hoping someone out there has
come across the same problem, or maybe it was a known bug or something.

I really appreciate any help.


Eden Li wrote:
> Can you send more info?  What request are you sending with Firefox?
> What is the salient part of your nginx config that relates to that
> request?
> Are you proxying to any backends or using fcgi?
> On Jan 25, 2008 10:22 PM, Douglas Stanley <doug at> wrote:
>> Using firefox, I keep getting this message when trying to view some
>> things hosted on an nginx server:
>> "The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading."
>> If I just hit try again, it works fine, but I'm getting complaints from
>> the one customer I've moved over to this server.
>> When I get this error, nothing shows up in the error logs. I have them
>> turned up to debug and still nothing shows up.
>> I'm running the latest stable version 0.5.35 built as a debian package
>> from the testing branch (lenny).
>> I've tried all kinds of things, and it seems to go away for a while if
>> I do a server restart.
>> Has anyone else seen this before? I'd really appreciate any help.
>> Thanks,
>> Doug
>> Almir Karic wrote:
>>> On Jan 23, 2008 6:01 PM, Alexis Torres Garnica <gaper at> wrote:
>>>> Hi guys, how can allow the use of AWStats as a CGI in nginx? tnks =)

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