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From "William A. Rowe, Jr." <>
Subject Re: Serious 1.3.22 Win32 sockets bug
Date Thu, 15 Nov 2001 20:39:04 GMT
From: "Bill Stoddard" <>
Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2001 11:50 AM
> >
> > You can demonstrate (interactively) by quering server-status against 1.3.22,
> > with keepalives on.  As you restart, keep refreshing.  The two servers will
> > (alternating randomly) answer the status request, as indicated by uptime.
> Nope, not possible (at least for the reasons you suspect). I suspect your browser is
> opening multiple connections the server and is sending the server-status requests randomly
> on different connections. Once a process starts shutting down, it stops accepting new
> connections before allowing the new process to begin accepting connections (via the
> start_mutex). There is no way for stock Apache 1.3 to accept connections on the process
> shutting down and the new process simultaniously.

Uhmm... here's demonstration test number one, start this test, restart after inititing
the test;

#the /cgi-bin/ script, to test that POST content is recieved complete
binmode STDIN;
$l = 0;
while (<STDIN>) {
    $l += length($_);
if ( $l == $ENV{"CONTENT_LENGTH"} ) {
    print "Status: 200 OK\n";
} else {
    print "Status: 500 BADLENGTH!\n";
print "content-type:text/plain\n\n";
print "Bytes read $l\n";
print "Bytes expected $ENV{'CONTENT_LENGTH'}\n";

ab -k -n 100 -p somefile -c 10 http://localhost:8080/cgi-bin/

Under 1.3.22, I loose an average of 3 connections (somefile is a bit over 1MB).

I'm reasonably convinced my earlier observations were an artifact of multiple keep-alive
sockets, as you suggest.  We have a similar number of connection errors (about 2 or 3) 
with both pre and post my patch, but with my patch we have about 5 length errors, which 
didn't occur in 1.3.22, so I'll accept that this is the wrong patch.

> The old process may be still servicing keep-alive connections however. I'm positive there
> is code in 1.3.* to quit handling keep alive connections if the process is shutting down.
> I'll take a look and see if that code is broken.

Agreed, if we resolve that, most observations of this artifact will disappear, and the
time-to-restart-completion should drop.


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