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proxy_cache_lock_age vs proxy_cache_lock_timeout

Posted by Thijssss 
proxy_cache_lock_age vs proxy_cache_lock_timeout
August 27, 2019 05:20AM
Hi,

The proxy_cache_lock feature is nice to protect the backend server from being overloaded with requests.
So we set that on and configure proxy_cache_lock_age to 20s, expecting the backend to be able to reply and send the request within that timeframe.

By default the proxy_cache_lock_age is 5s
By default the proxy_cache_lock_timeout is 5s

With the age set to 20s, we expect requests to be queued for 20 seconds while it tries to get and cache the file from the backend. If this does not succeed within 20 seconds it will send one new request to try again and make everybody wait 20+ seconds.
If the backend cannot satisfy within 20 seconds, why would we use the proxy_cache_lock_timeout? That would flood the backend and not even cache the responses.

Does proxy_cache_lock_timeout only work for Byte-Range requests?
Does setting proxy_cache_lock_timeout to 0s disable it?
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