Failed requests and Timer_ConnectionIdle in HTTPERR

Posted on 2009-04-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hey all,

I run a fairly busy website and most seem to be able to use it fine.

Every now and again I get complaints from people that they cannot post forms on my site. If I check the HTTPERR logs, there are always entries with 'Timer_ConnectionIdle' as the reason. Some of the forms have very little data - just a text area - so it's a concern that some very basic requests are failing.

I know this could be a client problem, but is there anything that I'm missing here in terms of configuration?

I'm running a .NET 2.0 site on a Win 2k3 server.


Question by:jamierh
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    This could just be a busy network issue.
    Based on this ... ... the error can occur when a connection is established but no data is received within the timeout period.  This can happen if there is a lot of network traffic and the client cannot connect to the server.  It might connect initially to set up a connection and then not be able to transfer the data.  The browser has a built in timer also ... if it cannot connect then it will wait a certain period of time and try again.  After a certain number of tries it will time out and display an error stating that it cannot connect to the server.

    If it is the same pages that are having problems then you could try and code the submission into a script on the page.  Have it try and if it is not able to connect you can check for this and then loop and try again ... this would allow you to display a message to the user stating that the connection to the server is slow or that the server is currently very busy and that this might take a little longer than normal.

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