time to read packets for HTTP query

SimonHF nginx-forum at nginx.us
Thu Sep 10 22:49:25 UTC 2015

I'm running a SAAS service running via NGINX and have been running tcpdump
to look at the incoming packets for HTTP queries. Many of the HTTP queries
are bigger than the MTU of 1,500 bytes and therefore arrive as 2, 3, or 4
packets. I noticed that for some customers there are significant delays
between packets. The average size of these delays acts as a kind of
fingerprint for each customers. The inter packet delay various from a few
milliseconds to 100ms plus! Some customers have no delay. There are all
shades of grey.

When processing a SAAS query I log how long the processing time took etc. So
it would be useful to log how long NGINX took to read the HTTP query packets
too. Using tcpdump and a script to analyze the packet dump is not very
handy. So I'm wondering if there is a mechanism in NGINX to report somehow
the total time necessary to read all the packets of a particular HTTP query?
I was thinking that if available, I could add it to the HTTP query in the
form of an HTTP header? If not, how easy would it be to implement such a

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