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I have been trying to figure out how to do my own web maintenance, but I am not very well versed in it yet. I keep getting this one error: "Error 503: maximum threads for service reached." How can I fix this?

Download more RAM. 🐏 ⨉ 0Posted by Some Guy 1 year ago 🕓 Posted at 16 December, 2018 09:26 AM PST

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This is an error that the fastly CDN Varnish throws when a user makes an excessive number of requests, that may cause strain on a website's server. See: 

Error 503 maximum threads for service reached

This error occurs when Varnish detects that a service has exceeded a safety limit on the number of concurrent requests. Typically this indicates that a service is experiencing an unusually high load, that an origin is slow, or that features like request collapsing are being intentionally avoided.

Source:  https://docs.fastly.com/guides/debugging/common-503-errors#error-503-maximum-threads-for-service-reached

The first thing that you should try is slowing down your number of requests. If you're running a web crawler or scraper, it's generally a good practice to wait at least one second between requests; one request per five seconds would be a more conservative approach, especially if you're planning on crawling thousands of pages. Large sites will generally have a page with their best practices/recommendations/requirements for bots; see if the site you're crawling has one.

On a related note, the code in this post (Python) shows some best practices that you can use when crawling/scraping/making bot requests to a site (adding a custom user agent, limiting your request rate, etc).

Download more RAM. 🐏 ⨉ 0Posted by August R. Garcia 1 year ago

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• [2019-04-07 12:21 PDT] August R. Garcia (1 year ago)
🕓 Posted at 07 April, 2019 12:21 PM PDT

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