Load Balancing TCP directive mail {}

andersonsserra nginx-forum at forum.nginx.org
Sat Jun 6 22:51:24 UTC 2020

Hi folks,

I'm trying to do a round-robin load balancing for outgoing connections from
my MTA servers. At first I tried it as follows:

[root at proxy-lb02 email]# pwd
[root at proxy-lb02 email]# cat balanceador.conf
stream {
        upstream stream_backend_mail {
                server mta-01.srvmail.com.br:26  max_fails=2
                server mta-02.srvmail.com.br:26  max_fails=2
                server mta-03.srvmail.com.br:26  max_fails=2
                server mta-04.srvmail.com.br:26  max_fails=2
                server mta-05.srvmail.com.br:26  max_fails=2

        server {
        proxy_pass stream_backend_mail;

[root at proxy-lb02 nginx]# pwd
[root at proxy-lb02 nginx]# cat nginx.conf

user  nginx;
worker_processes  1;

error_log  /var/log/nginx/error.log warn;
pid        /var/run/nginx.pid;

events {
    worker_connections  1024;

http {
    include       /etc/nginx/mime.types;
    default_type  application/octet-stream;

    log_format  main  '$remote_addr - $remote_user [$time_local] "$request"
                      '$status $body_bytes_sent "$http_referer" '
                      '"$http_user_agent" "$http_x_forwarded_for"';

    access_log  /var/log/nginx/access.log  main;

    sendfile        on;
    #tcp_nopush     on;

    keepalive_timeout  65;

    #gzip  on;

    include /etc/nginx/conf.d/*.conf;


mail {

        include /etc/nginx/email/*.conf;


[root at proxy-lb02 nginx]# systemctl restart nginx
Job for nginx.service failed because the control process exited with error
code. See "systemctl status nginx.service" and "journalctl -xe" for

[root at proxy-lb02 nginx]# systemctl status nginx -l
● nginx.service - nginx - high performance web server
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/nginx.service; enabled; vendor
preset: disabled)
   Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Sáb 2020-06-06 18:18:19 EDT; 58s
     Docs: http://nginx.org/en/docs/
  Process: 51695 ExecStop=/bin/kill -s TERM $MAINPID (code=exited,
  Process: 52777 ExecStart=/usr/sbin/nginx -c /etc/nginx/nginx.conf
(code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
 Main PID: 51686 (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)

Jun 06 18:18:19 proxy-lb02.srvmail.ma.gov.br systemd[1]: Starting nginx -
high performance web server...
Jun 06 18:18:19 proxy-lb02.srvmail.ma.gov.br nginx[52777]: nginx: [emerg]
"stream" directive is not allowed here in
Jun 06 18:18:19 proxy-lb02.srvmail.ma.gov.br systemd[1]: nginx.service:
control process exited, code=exited status=1
Jun 06 18:18:19 proxy-lb02.srvmail.ma.gov.br systemd[1]: Failed to start
nginx - high performance web server.
Jun 06 18:18:19 proxy-lb02.srvmail.ma.gov.br systemd[1]: Unit nginx.service
entered failed state.
Jun 06 18:18:19 proxy-lb02.srvmail.ma.gov.br systemd[1]: nginx.service

[root at proxy-lb02 nginx]# nginx -v
nginx version: nginx/1.18.0

Could someone help me find the solution to this error?


Anderson Serra

Posted at Nginx Forum: https://forum.nginx.org/read.php?2,288282,288282#msg-288282

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