40media How can I figure out why cURL is hanging and unresponsive?


How can I figure out why cURL is hanging and unresponsive?



I am trying to track down an issue with a cURL call in PHP. It works fine in our test environment, but not in our production environment. When I try to execute the cURL function, it just hangs and never ever responds. I have tried making a cURL connection from the command line and the same thing happens.

I'm wondering if cURL logs what is happening somewhere, because I can't figure out what is happening during the time the command is churning and churning. Does anyone know if there is a log that tracks what is happening there?

I think it is connectivity issues, but our IT guy insists I should be able to access it without a problem. Any ideas? I'm running CentOS and PHP 5.1.

Updates: Using verbose mode, I've gotten an error 28 "Connect() Timed Out". I tried extending the timeout to 100 seconds, and limiting the max-redirs to 5, no change. I tried pinging the box, and also got a timeout. So I'm going to present this back to IT and see if they will look at it again. Thanks for all the help, hopefully I'll be back in a half-hour with news that it was their problem.

Update 2: Turns out my box was resolving the server name with the external IP address. When IT gave me the internal IP address and I replaced it in the cURL call, everything worked great. Thanks for all the help everybody.




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If at all possible, try sudo ing as the user PHP runs under (possibly the one Apache runs under).

. The curl problem could have various reasons that require a user input, for example an untrusted certificate that is stored in the trusted certificates cache of the root user, but not the PHP one.

In that case, the command would be waiting for an input that never happens.. Update: This applies only if you run curl externally using exec - maybe it doesn't apply..


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You can also use curl_getinfo() to get information about your specific transfer.. http://in.php.net/manual/en/function.curl-getinfo.php.


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Have you tried setting CURLOPT_MAXREDIRS? I've found that sometimes there will be an 'infinite' redirect loop for some websites that a normal browser user doesn't see..



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