Understanding "keep alive" settings

LiteSpeed Web Server's default configuration turns “keep alive” on. There is no “yes/no” or “on/off” option in LiteSpeed Web Server's settings. However, you can turn it off or control it through the Max Keep-Alive Requests, Smart Keep-Alive, and Keep-Alive Timeout (secs) settings (under the LSWS Admin Console → Server → Tuning → Connection section).

You don't need to enable Smart Keep-Alive to be able to use “Keep-Alive”. Smart Keep-Alive is designed to “turn off” Keep-Alive for some types of files, instead of “turning it on”. For example, it will “enable” keep-alive for JavaScript, CSS, image file requests, and disable it for other type of files, such as HTML files. Since LSWS 5.1.8, Smart Keep-Alive will only disable keep-alive for HTML files. If you would like to use keep-alive for everything, you must turn off Smart Keep-Alive.

“Keep-alive” is server level configuration and can not be controlled at virtual host level.

Controlling "Keep-Alive"

Setting Max Keep-Alive Requests to “0” will disable “keep-alive”. You should leave this as the default value if you have no special requirements, increasing it slightly as needed or even adjusting it to a large value, like “100,000”, when you do a benchmark test.

The default value for Keep-Alive Timeout (secs) is “5”. You don't need to adjust this either unless you have some special requirements.

Sometimes you may not see a Keep-alive header for a particular URL. This does not mean that “keep-alive” is off. To troubleshoot this you may turn off Smart Keep-Alive and increase the value of the Max Keep-Alive Requests setting. Sometimes a PHP external application “Soft Limit” may also limit “keep-alive” connections. Increasing this “Soft Limit” may also fix this issue.

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  • Last modified: 2016/09/19 13:44
  • by Rob Holda