varnish giving error 503

Per Buer perbu at
Mon Mar 11 22:41:32 CET 2013


On Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 4:02 PM, Mike Franon <kongfranon at> wrote:

> Hi,
> I am trying to get varnish up and running super fast for a production
> website, we are hammered.
> We only want to cache one URL, that is being hammered, and pass
> everything else through, I know this is a just a simple config, but is
> there anything I am missing to get a 503?  Is it because our servers
> are being hammered that it is not even able to get pages to cache?

I'm guessing your clients are sending Cookie headers to Varnish and Varnish
isn't able to cache. Instead of forcing a lookup, which is a bad idea, you
should try to unset the Cookie header and let the default logic handle it.
You're already doing this with the response headers so you are half way.

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