Django-Gunicorn-Nginx Why do I get an Internal server error every time I restart Gunicorn?

Posted September 22, 2014 7.2k views

I set up a droplet on digital ocean using the one-click installer. I host my code on a git repo. and I use git pull to merge changes, followed by service gunicorn reload to restart gunicorn. The problem is that everytime I do this and try to visit my site I get an ‘internal server error’ messages, and after I refresh once or twice the actual page loads.

It is strange because I get the message even if I wait for a while (15 minutes) before visiting the web page, so I’m not sure if I get this because gunicorn was still restarting or for some other reason. Any hints on what might be going on ?

P.S. I asked the same question on StackOverflow but got no hits

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This is quite an old question but for anyone else who may be experiencing this problem, the first thing I would suggest anytime you are receiving an error from your web server is to check the web server’s logs. In this case, reviewing the logs in /var/log/nginx/error.log would likely lead to the underlying cause of the internal server error.