failed (111: Connection refused) while connecting to upstream

I am getting failed (111: Connection refused) while connecting to upstream error in my nginx error log file while trying to access the Django app on my droplet. I understand that the issue my be that nginx is not finding gunicorn. I tried to start gunicorn but getting “start: Unknown job: gunicorn” error, I even tried restarting the droplet but still getting the gunicorn “unknown gunicorn”.

There is also nothing getting printed in my gunicon.log file. I also tried the solutions on similar posts on DO but nothing works

Any help will be highly appreciated, been having this issue for two days with no clue

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@hansen I managed to find the solution, it seems like it was timing out, I set --timeout parameter to 120 and it works now. Thank you once again for all the insights provided.

It led to the solution.

@hansen, thank you very much for all the help, I am trying to start the gunicorn service and getting am getting this error

start: Job failed to start

and even if I try to run restart I get

stop: Unknown instance: 
start: Job failed to start

I am suspecting that gunicorn is not started, not sure what to do, I even restarted the droplet but still getting the same error. Sorry again for all these questions it is my first time deploying a Django app.

When launching Gunicorn, try adding the parameter --log-level debug which should add debug to log. Make sure you haven’t change the path to the log file to somewhere else in gunicorn.conf

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