Fail Whale

Stephen Wood smwood4 at
Fri Nov 15 22:11:12 CET 2013

I don't think it would be very hard to do with the vcl. If the beresp !=
200 you would set a fail header and then retry it. Then just check for that
header to direct to a "fail whale" cluster that serves a simple error page.

I'm sure someone can chime in with a better solution.

On Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 12:52 PM, <maillists0 at> wrote:

> In some load balancers (haproxy, for example) you can create a backend
> that only gets hit if all the other backends are down. A common enough
> setup is to have a local apache serve a polite "oops" page on an alternate
> port on the loopback. Is there some clever way to do this with Varnish?
> I've read to docs and googled but can't find anything like this. If this is
> possible, a doc to the right link would be awesome.
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