Bug 54640 - Slow transaction on a balance member is holding subsequent requests
Summary: Slow transaction on a balance member is holding subsequent requests
Alias: None
Product: Apache httpd-2
Classification: Unclassified
Component: mod_proxy_balancer (show other bugs)
Version: 2.2.24
Hardware: PC Linux
: P2 normal (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Apache HTTPD Bugs Mailing List
Keywords: MassUpdate
Depends on:
Reported: 2013-03-05 14:41 UTC by Federico Mennite
Modified: 2018-11-07 21:09 UTC (History)
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Description Federico Mennite 2013-03-05 14:41:52 UTC
I've configured a reverse proxy with two workers with lbmethod=bybusyness
Given that the back-end servers are supporting only one single connection concurrently I've configured each member with max=1

Now in a first connection to the server, I send a request to a resource that is going to take 20 seconds to respond.
Short after, with a second connection I send a request to a resource that is going respond immediately. Everything looks fine.

I send immediately a third request to retrieve the fast resource but I unexpectedly have to wait that the first request has finished before getting an answer to the third.
I was expecting the 'bybusyness' algorithm to give priority to the non busy balancer member but instead it seems that it is queuing the third request to the one being busy.

Is this behavior expected, should I confgiure somnething differently or can this be considered a bug?

Config snippet:
<Proxy balancer://session>
  BalancerMember connectiontimeout=10 max=1
  BalancerMember connectiontimeout=10 max=1
  KeepAlive On
  ServerName session.example.ch
  ProxyPass            /                balancer://session/ lbmethod=bybusyness

Tested on Apache vanilla 2.2.24, and Apache 2.2.16 distributed with Debian Squeeze.
Comment 1 William A. Rowe Jr. 2018-11-07 21:09:39 UTC
Please help us to refine our list of open and current defects; this is a mass update of old and inactive Bugzilla reports which reflect user error, already resolved defects, and still-existing defects in httpd.

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