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Re: Random serf checkout failures

From: Ivan Zhakov <ivan_at_visualsvn.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2012 10:46:10 +0400

On Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 1:41 AM, Ivan Zhakov <ivan_at_visualsvn.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 10:24 PM, Ivan Zhakov <ivan_at_visualsvn.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 9:13 PM, Lieven Govaerts <lgo_at_mobsol.be> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 4:50 PM, Lieven Govaerts <lgo_at_mobsol.be> wrote:
>>>> Ben,
>>>> On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 4:09 PM, Ben Reser <ben_at_reser.org> wrote:
>>>>> I worked with Philip today and was able to reproduce the exact problem
>>>>> he's been seeing. I ended up having to get his full httpd.conf to
>>>>> figure it out..
>>>>> Ultimately the problem proved to be that he had this directive:
>>>>> Timeout 3
>>>>> Which would mean if we don't tend a connection for 3 seconds Apache
>>>>> will close it. Serf should be able to deal with the connection being
>>>>> closed.
>>> okay, so with the Timeout directive added I can reproduce this issue.
>>> What I see is that the server closes the connection in the middle of
>>> sending a response to the client. It doesn't even finalize the
>>> response first.
>>> So ra_serf is reading the data from the response bucket, but gets an
>>> APR_EOF when it needs more data than specified in the Content-Length
>>> header of the response.
>>> What is the expected behavior here, let serf close down the connection
>>> and try the request again on a new connection?
>> I think no. Timeout 3 directive means "abort the connection if client
>> didn't read data within 3 seconds"
>> So most likely reason the client is busy with doing something for a
>> long time without reading data from this network connection.
>> Probably it's related to the issue I found today:
>> 1. We reading REPORT faster than complete PROPFINDs/GETs
>> 2. Data from REPORT response going to spillbuf: 1mb going to memory,
>> others stored to disk.
>> 3. After completing some PROPFINDs/GETs serf update editor resumes
>> parsing data from spillbuf: 1mb in one chunk
>> Two problems comes here:
>> 1. When parsing such big block we do not read data from network,
>> leading timeouts in some cases
>> 2. All requests created while parsing this chunk is created in one
>> connection, that ´╗┐´╗┐slows ra_serf
> Another problem is how serf reads data from network in case of
> multiple connections: it reads data from one connection until EAGAIN.
> But if data comes from network really fast (from local server for
> example) it continue reading data from this connection, without
> reading data from other connection! Which leads time out them.
> See outgoing.c:read_from_connection()
Hi Philip,

Could please test attached serf patch. This patch should fix problem
with reading one connection for long time without reading from other

Ivan Zhakov

Received on 2012-11-07 07:47:05 CET

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