Overdrive slow queries – solution… sort of

In the last blog post, I found that the queries on the server were slow. I figured out why… for some reason, on the Linode server, some of the connections to the Overdrive server just don’t connect and the default in the apache http client is 2 minutes so it sits there for 2 minutes, fails, then retries and makes the connection. So that’s why it’s slow. Not sure why the connection fails so frequently on the Linode server when it hasn’t ever happened locally. The good news is, it seems to connect fine when it does the retry. Maybe I can just set the timeout to something lower (10 seconds?) and not worry about it too much? Maybe it’s worth contacting Linode though and see if they know what’s going on.