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From Nathan Schrenk <>
Subject The Apache timeout code is still braindead?
Date Wed, 03 Jan 1996 02:00:17 GMT

Hi folks,

I recall a short discussion a while back on this list about the Apache 
timeout code being braindead.  What I got out of the discussion (and what 
my short foray into the timeout code seems to verify) is that Apache sets a 
timer when it begins to send out data, and that this timer is never 
adjusted to reflect whether or not data is actively being sent out.

It seems that the correct way to do this is to timeout only after a 
period of inactivity equal to the Timeout value, not to timeout after 
Timeout seconds no matter what.  Has anyone looked into doing this 
correctly?  I ran into a problem where one of my clients has some large 
QuickTime movies on his WWW site, and the 400 second timeout prevented 
people with slower connections from retrieving his movies.  I was 
required to knock the Timeout value up to 1800 (!) seconds so that 14.4K 
modems users would have time to download these files.

This timeout glitchs seems to me to be a major shortcoming in Apache.  In 
my glimpse through the code, it seems that perhaps send_fd() could be 
modified to reset the timeout counter?  In that function perhaps 

while ((n= fread(buf, sizeof(char), IOBUFSIZE, f)) < 1
               && ferror(f) && errno == EINTR)

Could be changed to something like

while ((n= fread(buf, sizeof(char), IOBUFSIZE, f)) < 1
        && ferror(f) && errno == EINTR) {
    signal(SIGALRM,(void (*)())timeout);

This is just the first thing that came to me, but it seems like it might 
do the trick.  Any thoughts?


Nathan Schrenk
Neoglyphics Media Corp.                    

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