Since switching to SSL, we’ve been getting a ton of these messages in
the apache error log:
[Wed Jan 17 19:19:05 2007] [error] (70007)The timeout specified has
expired: proxy: prefetch request body failed to 127.0.0.1:8002
(127.0.0.1) from ()
These happen exclusively with IE6 ajax requests. The user then sees
our spinner icon infinitely, eventually apache thrown a scary looking
internal error page back. Needless to say a fairly large % of our
users use IE6 so this is pretty serious for us.
We use apache2.2.3 and mod_proxy + mod_proxy_balancer -> mongrel
cluster. Anyone seen this before or know what’s going on?
Wanted to follow up on this now that we have it fixed.
Apparently there is a bug in internet explorer 6 that will send a
content-length of 0 sometimes on a post. (
http://www.modwest.com/help/kb2-260.html – states it’s intermittent).
That would explain the pretty random behaviour we’re seeing.
The fix that worked as follow, though with a performance hit (
http://www.verysimple.com/blog/?cat=14 ‘(although with a performance
BrowserMatch ".*MSIE.*" \
nokeepalive ssl-unclean-shutdown \
in the vhosts file. ( http://blog.innerewut.de/articles/search?q=SSL)
Darn Microsoft. Well, it gave us a chance to advertise FF while things
were broken for IE.