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From Dan Poirier <>
Subject Re: requests possibly not reaching the log phase
Date Thu, 03 Dec 2009 12:29:32 GMT
John ORourke <> writes:

> The system makes HTTP POST requests to our server, and
> about 1 in every 500 transactions, the system reports a
> timeout and there's no trace of the request in our logs.
> won't investigate in any detail because their system is reporting that
> the request simply timed out.

This could happen in Apache 2 if the web server timed out before reading
the complete request.  (Apache 1.3 logs a 408; Apache 2 doesn't; Apache
trunk will log a 4xx of some sort depending on how much of the request
was read.)

If that's what's happening, it would indicate a problem outside of
Apache.  You could confirm it by backporting the fix from so logging
would occur.  Then you might need to resort to packet tracing or
something like that to figure out exactly what's going on.


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