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Restore and HTTP timeout (probably due to TCP parallel connections being throttled) #8120

xen2 opened this issue May 9, 2019 · 3 comments


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@xen2 xen2 commented May 9, 2019

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Details about Problem

NuGet product used: NuGet client API

NuGet version ( 5.0

OS version: win10

Detailed repro steps so we can see the same problem

Only happen on slow connections:

  1. Install Xenko Launcher (

  2. Install latest version of Xenko
    Note: Xenko is quite big, around 60 packages with a total size of 300 MB.

  3. Some people (with slow connections) have timeout issues:

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My best guess on what's happening:
Some ISP throttle TCP connections: even though NuGet open 10 TCP connections, only 2 will actively progress and the other will be put on hold until some other finishes. Given a slow enough download rate, 2 running download could last more than 100 second and will result in other pending connections to be considered timeout by NuGet (note: the timeout is not at HTTP level but just NuGet measuring time of a call and cancelling if too long).

Note: timeout also happen on very simple/small files that should not timeout and are perfectly working, such as (source: xenko3d/xenko#310)

Unsuccessful attempts to mitigate:

  • I could find RestoreRequest.MaxDegreeOfConcurrency but I think it only affect number of high level tasks, not the number of parallel downloads.
  • Also, I couldn't find a way to set a better timeout through API: HttpSourceCachedRequest.RequestTimeout is assigned (indirectly) from HttpSourceRequest.DefaultRequestTimeout which is a static field.

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Recently got a full NuGet log of someone having the issue:

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Our NuGet package download high-level function is there:


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@rrelyea rrelyea commented May 13, 2019

It seems like your users have been hitting this for a while. What different versions of NuGet are they hitting that with? How are you calling NuGet restore?


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@xen2 xen2 commented May 21, 2019

@rrelyea With 4.x and 5.x.
We are calling NuGet directly through API (cf first post, link to source).
I suspect a nuget install Xenko.GameStudio -Version might result in the same error but I don't have the issue with my ISP/connection so can't confirm.


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@xen2 xen2 commented Jun 3, 2019

@rrelyea I would like to submit a PR to make HttpSourceRequest.DefaultRequestTimeout customizable through API.
Is it OK to remove the readonly modifier, or would you like it to be passed as a parameter in all the places creating HttpSourceRequest or HttpSourceCachedRequest?

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