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Re: Disable proxy buffering for websockets

Maxim Dounin
December 18, 2018 01:46PM

On Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 11:58:49AM -0500, thehunmonkgroup wrote:

> I could deal with *some* inaccuracy, but the results are completely out of
> whack. Downloading 256KB of data via the websocket over a poor DSL
> connection happens near instantaneously from the websocket server's point of
> view, which to me indicates that Nginx is consuming all that data in a
> buffer instead of passing it along to the client without buffering.

Well, 256KB is likely several times smaller than socket buffers
used, and you are going to see problems if you are testing with
such small sizes without also tuning socket buffers.

E.g., on Linux default socket buffers sizes are autoscaled
depending on the connection speed, and can be up to several
megabytes between nginx and the backend, as these are on a fast

> You mentioned that there's a proxy buffer within Nginx in the case of
> websockets, is there a setting to disable that? The ' proxy_buffering off;'
> setting I mentioned previously didn't seem to do it.

No. To copy data from one socket to another you need a buffer.
You can control size of the buffer nginx use internally via the
proxy_buffer_size directive (see http://nginx.org/r/proxy_buffer_size).
But the default size is pretty low - 4k - so this is unlikely the
source of your problems, unless you've tuned it to a larger value

Most likely, you have to tune socket buffers to be smaller to get
more accurate results. On Linux, socket buffers can be tuned
using the net.ipv4.tcp_rmem and net.ipv4.tcp_wmem on Linux. Also,
in nginx itself you can control socket buffers towards the client
using the "sndbuf" parameter of the "listen" directive
(http://nginx.org/r/listen), but this is unlikely to be enough in
such a setup.

Note well that measuring connection speed on the server side might
not be a good idea, as this will inevitably lead to inacurate

Maxim Dounin
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Subject Author Posted

Disable proxy buffering for websockets

Chad Phillips December 16, 2018 05:48PM

Re: Disable proxy buffering for websockets

Maxim Dounin December 16, 2018 09:28PM

Re: Disable proxy buffering for websockets

thehunmonkgroup December 18, 2018 11:58AM

Re: Disable proxy buffering for websockets

Maxim Dounin December 18, 2018 01:46PM

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