Posts Not Appearing on Upstreams

Tony Holmes atholmes at
Mon Apr 6 22:11:36 MSD 2009

I have (and love) nginx front ends that map users to one of many apache back

I had php uploads of 2M working. The files were getting posted and all was
well. I had a request to increase this to 20M and... it doesn't work.

I see successful posts on the front end (nginx) and back end (apache) AND
the php upload folder (/tmp/php_uploads) is touched and updated with the
time of the upload. No uploaded temporary file is created. I can change the
post/buffer size to/from 2M/20M to make it work/not work. It has to be
something obvious (and yes I've checked the back end apache/php to make sure
there are no post/upload limits).

        location / {
                proxy_set_header Host           $host;
                proxy_set_header X-Real-IP      $remote_addr;
                proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For        $remote_addr;
                proxy_redirect  off;
                proxy_pass      http://$server$request_uri;

                client_max_body_size        8M;
                client_body_buffer_size     8M;

                proxy_buffering         off;

                proxy_connect_timeout   60;
                proxy_send_timeout      300;
                proxy_read_timeout      120;

                proxy_pass_header Expires;
                proxy_pass_header Cache-Control;
                proxy_pass_header Last-Modified;
                proxy_pass_header ETag;
                proxy_pass_header Content-Length;

As soon as the file tips over 2M, it fails - which is highly suspicious but
I see no defaults that thwart that. Also, a 7MB upload takes about 30s so
the send timeout isn't failing.

What am I missing?


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