Author: Matthias Rampke
I recently moved my web server to DragonFly and noticed that for very large responses from a web app accessed through nginx via fastcgi_pass or proxy_pass parts of the response are lost. This happens in the middle of the response, at more or less random locations (more towards the end). It used to work fine on Debian Linux.
I suspect that this is related to nginx buffering large responses to disk. I have created a testcase (test file, although anything large enough would work; nginx config snippet, repeated test download script, see attachments). With proxy_buffers left at the default, the downloaded file2.txt differs every few attempts. With the buffer size cranked up it works reliably. Both variants work reliably on OS X.
Note that this is also almost a Heisenbug 錠it takes a lot more tries until something goes wrong while ktrace'ing. ktrace available at http://2pktfkt.de/dfly/nginx_ktrace.out
(~300MB 錠also http://2pktfkt.de/dfly/nginx_ktrace.out.xz
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Issue #2263 has been updated by Matthias Rampke.
File ktrace.out.xz added
compressed ktrace attached.
Bug #2263: nginx loses/garbles data if buffering to disk