keepalive_timeout, proxy_send_timeout, and proxy_read_timeout ignored

dgobaud nginx-forum at
Mon Jul 13 17:40:32 UTC 2015

Hi, I'm using AWS Beanstalk with nginx in front of a Puma server serving
Ruby on Rails. I have one URL that is for an EventSource so it is kept alive
and data is streamed out. I was running into this problem,237386,237386 where when the client closes
the browser but nginx keeps the connection alive forever so I tried having
nginx automatically close the connection after 5 seconds. I set
keepalive_timeout, proxy_send_timeout, and proxy_read_timeout all to 5
seconds but all were ignored. The connection remained open until nginx was

# nginx config

upstream my_app {
  server unix:///var/run/puma/my_app.sock;
server {
  listen 80;
  server_name _ localhost; # need to listen to localhost for worker tier
  if ($http_x_forwarded_proto = "http") { return 301
https://$host$request_uri; }

  location /dashboard_stream {
    proxy_pass http://my_app; # match the name of upstream directive which
is defined above
    proxy_set_header Host $host;
    proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
    proxy_buffering off;
    proxy_cache off;
    proxy_http_version 1.1;
    proxy_set_header Connection '';
    chunked_transfer_encoding off;
    keepalive_timeout 5s;
    proxy_send_timeout 5s;
    proxy_read_timeout 5s;

# nginx version
nginx version: nginx/1.6.2

# AWS linux version
NAME="Amazon Linux AMI"
ID_LIKE="rhel fedora"
PRETTY_NAME="Amazon Linux AMI 2015.03"
Amazon Linux AMI release 2015.03

# kernel version
Linux ip-172-31-12-138 3.14.42-31.38.amzn1.x86_64 #1 SMP Wed May 13 20:33:05
UTC 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

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