[nycbug-talk] large file download via apache

pete wright nomadlogic
Wed Sep 14 15:34:33 EDT 2005

On 9/14/05, Steve Rieger <steve.rieger at tbwachiat.com> wrote:
> hi all on fbsd 5.4 smp
> when trying to download a file thats about 1 gig in size the
> connnection gets dropped, no errors in apache other than "Undefinded
> index in filegetter.php "
> and this does not happen to files that are even onnly a drop smaller
> am assuming that i can change something in the kernel to allow large
> files to be read, if thats the case i printed out my sysctl buffer
> variables.

I'm willing to bet that this is either an issue with the HTTP protocol, 
possibly a tunable in apache or maybe even PHP as your error seems to 
mention a PHP script (I know there is a tunable for apache and php script 
run time, maybe if you are attempting the download via a php script apache 
is killing the connection due to this limit. Just a wild guess though). 

To test if this is an OS issue, I would try copying the file via other 
protocols (ftp/ssh/rsync+ssh/etc) and see if the connection stalls.
Pete Wright
www.nycbug.org <http://www.nycbug.org>
NYC's *BSD User Group
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