[FX.php List] Server is busy...please try again

Gjermund Gusland Thorsen ggt667 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 9 04:43:02 MST 2010

It will give you 802 or 503 error if it’s overloaded.


2010/11/9 Jonathan Schwartz <jschwartz at exit445.com>:
> Thanks for the reply.
> Let me be a little more clear...I WANT the message to display, both alerting
> the customer that there was a problem, and giving them the option to try
> again or come back later. Either of these is better than a browser timeout.
> Jonathan
> At 11:47 AM +1100 11/9/10, Tim 'Webko' Booth wrote:
>> Dear Jonathan;
>>> Hi folks.
>>> "Server is busy...please try again".
>>> You might see this message on a sophisticated airlines reservation web
>>> site, but not if a Filemaker web server is too busy or has a problem. The
>>> browser just times out.  This can be a real problem if a multi-step
>>> operation fails to finish before the time out.
>>> I need to install a fix for this eventuality for one client. My plan is
>>> to set a flag in an existing customer record before starting the operation
>>> and then resetting the flag upon completion. Any flags that remain set
>>> indicate a potential problem. This is possible when you are editing an
>>> existing record.  I am going to do that straight away.
>>> NOTE: We have learned (the hard way) that the answer is *not* to increase
>>> the browser expiration time. When there is a web server problem, the last
>>> thing you want to do is stack up queries that don't expire.  This *will*
>>> crash the web server if it hasn't already done so.
>>> But back to the "Server is busy...please try again" option....
>>> Would this involve having one server talking to a second server where the
>>> first server can return the friendly message before the browser times out?
>>>  Or, is this a job for javascript?  Has anyone done this before? I'm sure
>>> that it is commonplace in many industries, but is not in my bag of tricks
>>> yet.
>> The problem is that XML engine is single-threaded, as far as I know.
>> On a multi-connection database (like mySQL) you can check how many
>> connections, and then redirect to a Busy page if it's over a certain number
>> [1]...
>> When there is only one connection, then a long request will clog it for
>> all the requests after as well.
>> I can't think of a way to test easily without being part of the issue, as
>> it would then be another request, stuck behind the long-running one... Happy
>> to see if anyone else has an idea about accomplishing this.
>> Cheers
>> Webko
>> [1] the main reason our heaviest use systems are hybrid FM/mySQL, so we
>> can do something with excess requests - and mySQL can handle a *lot* more
>> requests in a given time period.
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