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Re: Multiplexing FastCGI module

Maxim Dounin
December 13, 2009 08:14PM

On Sun, Dec 13, 2009 at 06:31:06PM +0100, Rasmus Andersson wrote:

> Hi.
> I've written a multiplexing (concurrent requests through a single
> backend) version of the 0.8 fastcgi module along with a FastCGI server
> reference implementation:
> http://github.com/rsms/afcgi
> Please let me know what you think and if you're interested in merging
> in this code upstream.

[Just a side note: there are lots of whitespace damage and style
violations in your code. It's belived that following original
nginx style is good idea, makes reading diffs easier and improves

I wasn't able to find enough code there to keep backend
connections alive and share them between requests. Looks like the
code in question just assigns unique ids to requests sent to
fastcgi backend - while each request is still send in separate

On the other hand, it sets FASTCGI_KEEP_CONN flag and thus breaks
things as nginx relay on fastcgi application to close connection.

So basically it's not something usefull right now. And it breaks
3 out of 4 fastcgi subtests in the test suite

As to idea in general - I'm not really sure that request
multiplexing is great feature of fastcgi protocol. It complicates
things and shouldn't be noticably faster than just using multiple
connections to the same fastcgi app (assuming fastcgi app is able
to handle connections asynchroniously). It would be intresting to
compare though.

Maxim Dounin

p.s. As keeping fastcgi connections alive appears to be
prerequisite for fastcgi multiplexing, here are some notes:

Keeping fastcgi connections alive isn't really hard, but requires
a lot more than setting KEEP_CONN flag in fastcgi request. Most
notably - ngx_event_pipe code and upstream module code should be
modified to make sure buffering is somewhat limited and does not
relay on connection close as end signal. I've posted some preview
patches a while ago which makes fastcgi module able to keep
connections alive (with ngx_http_upstream_keepalive module), you
may want to take a look if you are going to continue your
multiplexing work.

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Multiplexing FastCGI module

Rasmus Andersson 5696 December 13, 2009 12:32PM

Re: Multiplexing FastCGI module

Maxim Dounin 2252 December 13, 2009 08:14PM

Re: Multiplexing FastCGI module

Rasmus Andersson 1827 December 14, 2009 06:44AM

Re: Multiplexing FastCGI module

Maxim Dounin 2305 December 14, 2009 08:02AM

Re: Multiplexing FastCGI module

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