Help with strange web server problem

Joe Auty joe at
Mon Feb 13 10:43:59 PST 2006

I think I"ve seen this before too...

Is it possible that FreeBSD spins down the hard drive after  
inactivity, and the server doesn't always spin up the HD with a  
network request like this?

On Feb 13, 2006, at 7:58 AM, Jerry Bell wrote:

> It's hit or miss, but the first time someone visits the web site,  
> they get
> a "server not found" page.  On hitting refresh, they get the page - no
> problems.  If I wait a while and try again, I get the same problem.
> The problem appears to be something in the initial communication  
> with the
> web server.  Using tcpdump, I can see that the PC connects to the web
> server and sends the GET request, but the server closes the connection
> abruptly.  Comparing that flow to a normal session, I see that  
> there are
> some extra packets between the initial SYN and the sending of the GET
> phrase that do not exist during a successful session.
> I'm running 5.4-STABLE FreeBSD 5.4-STABLE #0: Thu Aug 18 (built  
> from the
> stable source as of that day).
> I'm using apache 1.3.34.  I was on 1.3.33 and rebuilt the port to  
> see if
> that was the problem.
> I'm not sure if this is an apache problem or a FreeBSD problem.  Any
> suggestions on further troubleshooting or known issues?
> Thank you!
> Jerry
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