By default SCRIPT_NAME is an empy string. The value could be set by setting SCRIPT_NAME in the environment or as an HTTP header.
You can gracefully reload by sending HUP signal to gunicorn:
$ kill -HUP masterpid
The Slowloris script is a great way to test that your proxy is correctly buffering responses for the synchronous workers.
If you install the Python package setproctitle Gunicorn will set the process names to something a bit more meaningful. This will affect the output you see in tools like ps and top. This helps for distinguishing the master process as well as between masters when running more than one app on a single machine. See the proc_name setting for more information.
The default Sync workers are designed to run behind Nginx which only uses HTTP/1.0 with its upstream servers. If you want to deploy Gunicorn to handle unbuffered requests (ie, serving requests directly from the internet) you should use one of the async workers.
Read the Design page for help on the various worker types.
Here is our recommendation for tuning the number of workers.
TTIN and TTOU signals can be sent to the master to increase or decrease the number of workers.
To increase the worker count by one:
$ kill -TTIN $masterpid
To decrease the worker count by one:
$ kill -TTOU $masterpid
When dealing with large numbers of concurrent connections there are a handful of kernel parameters that you might need to adjust. Generally these should only affect sites with a very large concurrent load. These parameters are not specific to Gunicorn, they would apply to any sort of network server you may be running.
These commands are for Linux. Your particular OS may have slightly different parameters.
One of the first settings that usually needs to be bumped is the maximum number of open file descriptors for a given process. For the confused out there, remember that Unices treat sockets as files.
$ sudo ulimit -n 2048
Listening sockets have an associated queue of incoming connections that are waiting to be accepted. If you happen to have a stampede of clients that fill up this queue new connections will eventually start getting dropped.
$ sudo sysctl -w net.core.somaxconn="2048"