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We are using nginx to load balance requests to our application. We have found that nginx switches to a different upstream server when requests time out (good). However it does this for PUT and POST requests which can cause undesirable results (data stored twice). Is it possible to configure nginx to only retry GET requests on timeout? Or is there another way to solve the problem?

Our configuration is as follows:

upstream mash {

server {
    location / {
        proxy_pass http://mash/;
        proxy_set_header Host $host;
        proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;        
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Please see here for doc: proxy_next_upstream

Please note this is an untested gist


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Thanks .. I will test tonight –  David Tinker Aug 5 '13 at 12:16
Actually it didn't work: Nginx says "proxy_next_upstream not allowed here". I tried moving the if blocks into location and got the same error. Using "proxy_next_upstream error" in either location on its own works. –  David Tinker Aug 6 '13 at 9:33
that is very odd since there documentation clearly says it works in the location context –  WojonsTech Aug 6 '13 at 20:17
it seems to be the if (...) { } around proxy_next_upstream that nginx doesn't like –  David Tinker Aug 7 '13 at 9:18

I have same problem in my tomcat server. proxy time out when long request occur. i solved my problem by using proxy_read_timeout. when increase timeout then my request never time outed & not occurred any problem. default time out 60s. reference

location / {
    proxy_pass  http://xxxxxxxxxx.com;
            proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
            proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
            proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto https;
            proxy_redirect off;
            proxy_connect_timeout      800;
            proxy_send_timeout         800;
            proxy_read_timeout         240;     
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