Nginx + PHP5-FPM error 110: Connection timed out

June 13, 2016 6.7k views
Nginx PHP

I have been getting this error and cannot figure out why. Here is the exact error:

2016/06/13 19:49:55 [error] 1623#0: *977708 upstream timed out (110: Connection timed out) while reading response header from upstream, client: xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx, server: websitename.net, request: "GET /wp-login.php HTTP/1.1", upstream: "fastcgi://", host: "websitename.net", referrer: "https://websitename.net/wp-login.php"

I didn't make any changes to break it. It started after I saw this event in the log file:

2016/06/09 21:00:00 [emerg] 14982#0: "if" directive is not allowed here in /etc/nginx/nginx.conf:6

I have tried this, this, and this but none of it has made a difference. Here is my config file.

1 Answer

These two errors may or may not be related.

For the timeout error, as referenced in this article try adding the line:

fastcgi_read_timeout 120;

to the nginx configuration block with the rest of your fastcgi params. (the block probably starts with location ~* .php$ {...

For the nginx.conf error, it sounds like you have some kind of nginx configuration error. What is the code on line 6? Are you using an if statement outside of a location {} block in the configuration?

  • I actually posted the old config file before making these changes, so that line for the fastcgi_read_timeout is in there. As for the nginx.conf, there is an if statement on line 6. It was modified by the plugin iThemes Security in Wordpress to add a blacklist of known malicious hosts.

  • I edited the file to take out what iThemes Security added and it worked fine.

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