Squid proxy: big initial delay with certain pages

Gianni Costanzi gianni.costanzi at gmail.com
Thu Oct 28 16:01:16 UTC 2010

I've noticed a very bad problem with my squid installation... it seems to
work without errors (nothing wrong
in the log files), but when I load some sites as www.repubblica.it my
browser shows a blank page and it says
"waiting for oas.repubblica.it".. after several seconds (more than 20 secs,
which means eternity in this case),
the site shows up immediately (almost everything is loaded, something still
loads after a while but the most
important parts of the page are loaded).. I've looked at the access.log file
and the first line I can see after the
initial long delay is:
1288281355.044  63243 TCP_MISS/503 4996 GET
DIRECT/ text/html

So there are problems with the oas.repubblica.it links... how can I avoid
squid getting stuck on some links?
Can I tell him to load more than a link in parallel? Can I set a timeout?
Can you do a test with the same site
and tell me which is the result of your test?

These are the options I've set in /etc/squid3/squid.conf (I've experienced
the same with both squid and squid3 proxies):

acl manager proto cache_object
acl localhost src ::1
acl to_localhost dst ::1
acl localnet src     # RFC1918 possible internal network
acl SSL_ports port 443
acl Safe_ports port 80          # http
acl Safe_ports port 21          # ftp
acl Safe_ports port 443         # https
acl Safe_ports port 70          # gopher
acl Safe_ports port 210         # wais
acl Safe_ports port 1025-65535  # unregistered ports
acl Safe_ports port 280         # http-mgmt
acl Safe_ports port 488         # gss-http
acl Safe_ports port 591         # filemaker
acl Safe_ports port 777         # multiling http
http_access allow manager localhost localnet
http_access deny manager
http_access deny !Safe_ports
http_access deny CONNECT !SSL_ports
http_access allow localnet
http_access allow localhost
http_access deny all
http_port 3128
hierarchy_stoplist cgi-bin ?
cache_mem 32 MB  --> (I can not give squid a bigger amount of memory, but I
don't think it is a problem)
maximum_object_size_in_memory 10 MB
cache_dir aufs /var/spool/squid3 100 16 256
coredump_dir /var/spool/squid3
refresh_pattern ^ftp:           1440    20%     10080
refresh_pattern ^gopher:        1440    0%      1440
refresh_pattern -i (/cgi-bin/|\?) 0     0%      0
refresh_pattern .               0       20%     4320
forwarded_for transparent   (I've also tried with "on" instead of

Thank you very much!

|  Gianni Costanzi (gianni.costanzi at gmail.com)
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