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Troubleshooting Geo client and HTTP response code errors

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Fixing client errors

Authorization errors from LFS HTTP(S) client requests

You may have problems if you're running a version of Git LFS before 2.4.2. As noted in this authentication issue, requests redirected from the secondary to the primary site do not properly send the Authorization header. This may result in either an infinite Authorization <-> Redirect loop, or Authorization error messages.

Error: Net::ReadTimeout when pushing through SSH on a Geo secondary

When you push large repositories through SSH on a Geo secondary site, you may encounter a timeout. This is because Rails proxies the push to the primary and has a 60 second default timeout, as described in this Geo issue.

Current workarounds are:

  • Push through HTTP instead, where Workhorse proxies the request to the primary (or redirects to the primary if Geo proxying is not enabled).
  • Push directly to the primary.

Example log (gitlab-shell.log):

Failed to contact primary\\nError: Net::ReadTimeout\",\"result\":null}" code=500 method=POST pid=5483 url=""

Repair OAuth authorization between Geo sites

When upgrading a Geo site, you might not be able to log in into a secondary site that only uses OAuth for authentication. In that case, start a Rails console session on your primary site and perform the following steps:

  1. To find the affected node, first list all the Geo Nodes you have:

  2. Repair the affected Geo node by specifying the ID:


HTTP response code errors

Secondary site returns 502 errors with Geo proxying

When Geo proxying for secondary sites is enabled, and the secondary site user interface returns 502 errors, it is possible that the response header proxied from the primary site is too large.

Check the NGINX logs for errors similar to this example:

2022/01/26 00:02:13 [error] 26641#0: *829148 upstream sent too big header while reading response header from upstream, client:, server:, request: "POST /users/sign_in HTTP/2.0", upstream: "http://unix:/var/opt/gitlab/gitlab-workhorse/sockets/socket:/users/sign_in", host: "", referrer: ""

To resolve this issue:

  1. Set nginx['proxy_custom_buffer_size'] = '8k' in /etc/gitlab.rb on all web nodes on the secondary site.
  2. Reconfigure the secondary using sudo gitlab-ctl reconfigure.

If you still get this error, you can further increase the buffer size by repeating the steps above and changing the 8k size, for example by doubling it to 16k.

Geo Admin Area shows 'Unknown' for health status and 'Request failed with status code 401'

If using a load balancer, ensure that the load balancer's URL is set as the external_url in the /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb of the nodes behind the load balancer.

Primary site returns 500 error when accessing /admin/geo/replication/projects

Navigating to Admin > Geo > Replication (or /admin/geo/replication/projects) on a primary Geo site, shows a 500 error, while that same link on the secondary works fine. The primary's production.log has a similar entry to the following:

Geo::TrackingBase::SecondaryNotConfigured: Geo secondary database is not configured
  from ee/app/models/geo/tracking_base.rb:26:in `connection'
  from ee/app/views/admin/geo/projects/_all.html.haml:1

On a Geo primary site this error can be ignored.

This happens because GitLab is attempting to display registries from the Geo tracking database which doesn't exist on the primary site (only the original projects exist on the primary; no replicated projects are present, therefore no tracking database exists).

Secondary site returns 400 error "Request header or cookie too large"

This error can happen when the internal URL of the primary site is incorrect.

For example, when you use a unified URL and the primary site's internal URL is also equal to the external URL. This causes a loop when a secondary site proxies requests to the primary site's internal URL.

To fix this issue, set the primary site's internal URL to a URL that is:

  • Unique to the primary site.
  • Accessible from all secondary sites.
  1. Visit the primary site.
  2. Set up the internal URLs.

Secondary site returns Received HTTP code 403 from proxy after CONNECT

If you have installed GitLab using the Linux package (Omnibus) and have configured the no_proxy custom environment variable for Gitaly, you may experience this issue. Affected versions:

  • 15.4.6
  • 15.5.0-15.5.6
  • 15.6.0-15.6.3
  • 15.7.0-15.7.1

This is due to a bug introduced in the included version of cURL shipped with the Linux package 15.4.6 and later. You should upgrade to a later version where this has been fixed.

The bug causes all wildcard domains ( to be ignored except for the last on in the no_proxy environment variable list. Therefore, if for any reason you cannot upgrade to a newer version, you can work around the issue by moving your wildcard domain to the end of the list:

  1. Edit /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb:

    gitaly['env'] = {
      "no_proxy" => ",",
  2. Reconfigure GitLab:

    sudo gitlab-ctl reconfigure

You can have only one wildcard domain in the no_proxy list.

Geo Admin Area returns 404 error for a secondary site

Sometimes sudo gitlab-rake gitlab:geo:check indicates that Rails nodes of the secondary sites are healthy, but a 404 Not Found error message for the secondary site is returned in the Geo Admin Area on the web interface for the primary site.

To resolve this issue:

  • Try restarting each Rails, Sidekiq and Gitaly nodes on your secondary site using sudo gitlab-ctl restart.
  • Check /var/log/gitlab/gitlab-rails/geo.log on Sidekiq nodes to see if the secondary site is using IPv6 to send its status to the primary site. If it is, add an entry to the primary site using IPv4 in the /etc/hosts file. Alternatively, you should enable IPv6 on the primary site.