Advice on an odd networking problem

Ronald Klop ronald-lists at
Fri Nov 7 08:57:04 UTC 2014

On Wed, 05 Nov 2014 19:23:31 +0100, Pete French  
<petefrench at> wrote:

> I have some ouzzling behaviour here - looks very much like
> I am running out of network resources of some kind, but I cant find
> out what, so am wondering if anyone has any ideas.
> All machines are running FreeBSD 9.2-STABLE r265427 - which is from
> the start of May (probbaly around heartbleed time!)
> We have 5 machines running webservers - apache24 serving cgi scripts,
> plyus nginx being used to drive uwsgi with some django/python based
> code. These are load balanced by pound on a machine which faces
> the internet. This all works as expected, except that if I modify
> the cgi-scripts running inside Apache so they make some https
> calls to the nginx server on then what we see is that
> pound then stops being able to connect to Apache for a proportion
> of its calls - its returns 503's.
> The effect on the calls which fail are as if the webserver is
> not listening anymore. But this only applies to a fraction of
> the calls - most get through. If I disable the cuntionality
> which makes the intrenal call to then the problem
> goes away.
> It looks to me like I am runing out of some network resource somwhow,
> but the load is very very low, and I cant see any obvious parameters
> hitting their limits. Nothing is looged out of the ordinary on
> the webservers, the only symptoom is the load balancer not being
> able to connect.
> Does anyone have any ideas where to look for a solution ? It is
> puzzling the hell out of me!
> -pete.

Do the https calls to nginx succeed?
I can imagine that the https certificate is not valid on and  
fetch/curl/wget asks for confirmation or something like that.


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