proxy_upstream_next while no live upstreams

Wu Bingzheng wubingzheng at
Wed May 10 08:26:06 UTC 2017

Hi all,

I have an upstream configure with Nginx 1.8.1 :

    upstream test {

Question 1:
Assume both of the 2 servers are down.
First request tries both of them and fails, and response 502. Nginx marks both of them as DOWN. This is OK.
Second request comes and finds there is no live upstreams, then Nginx resets both of servers as UP, logs "no live upstreams", and returns 502.
My question is that in the second request, nginx dose NOT try the 2 servers, but just return 502 immediately. Is this in line with expectations?

From the code in ngx_http_upstream_next(), ft_type=NGX_HTTP_UPSTREAM_FT_NOLIVE always leads to ngx_http_upstream_finalize_request() while not ngx_http_upstream_connect().

Question 2: (not related with Question 1)
In my production environment, is UP, and is DOWN.
There are few access logs with $upstream_addr as ", test", and $status as 502.
There were no error logs of connecting/reading fails which mean this server is UP, so I think the request should try after
But it does not try, and just log "no live upstream" and return 502.
The logs like this are very few, and I can not re-produce this or debug it.
I just ask it here in case someone else know the problem.

Thanks in advance,

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