upstream, next node when node returns busy

itpp2012 nginx-forum at
Fri Oct 2 23:02:00 UTC 2015

Any ideas how to implement the following?

Upstream pool of 4 nodes

Proxy_pass upstream

If node in upstream returns a 501 move request to next node in upstream but
don’t mark it as down or failed and keep client waiting while trying other

If all nodes return a 501 return a 503 to client, and still don’t mark any
node as down or failed.

nb. any node can process 2 – 500 requests, depending on what its doing this
can be sometimes 2, or 40 or 300 or anything between 2 and 500 and obviously
varies per second per node.

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