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fails to re-establish a connection after keep-alive timout

See original GitHub issue

vcrpy 2.0.1, requests 2.22.0

We are using requests with sessions to call an API endpoint to trigger a job and then call another endpoint in a loop to get the job status and thus wait until the job is done. The server is an Apache httpd with KeepAliveTimeout 5 and a Rails app.

The code is working fine outside of VCR, but as soon as we enable VCR recording, the “wait” part of the code fails (requests.exceptions.ConnectionError: ('Connection aborted.', BadStatusLine("''",)) on Python 2.7, requests.exceptions.ConnectionError: ('Connection aborted.', RemoteDisconnected('Remote end closed connection without response')) on Python 3.7)

Example code:

import time

import urllib3
import requests

import vcr

BASE = ''
STATUS = '{}/api/v2/status'.format(BASE)
DELETE = '{}/katello/api/organizations/10/subscriptions/delete_manifest'.format(BASE)

def wait(task):
    while task['state'] != 'stopped':
        print("sleeping for {}".format(task['id']))
        r = s.get("{}/foreman_tasks/api/tasks/{}".format(BASE, task['id']))
        task = r.json()

def delete():
    r =, json={})

with vcr.use_cassette('katello.yaml'):
    s = requests.Session()
    s.verify = False
    s.auth = ('admin', 'changeme')



{'status': '202 Accepted', 'x-request-id': 'd117a579-0f05-4e43-b2f9-7ebadba8e07f', 'x-xss-protection': '1; mode=block', 'x-download-options': 'noopen', 'x-content-type-options': 'nosniff', 'x-powered-by': 'Phusion Passenger 4.0.53', 'set-cookie': 'request_method=POST; path=/; secure; HttpOnly; SameSite=Lax, _session_id=20163f242bd29584ae7a8c5674508431; path=/; secure; HttpOnly; SameSite=Lax', 'strict-transport-security': 'max-age=631139040; includeSubdomains', 'foreman_version': '1.22.0', 'keep-alive': 'timeout=5, max=10000', 'server': 'Apache', 'content-security-policy': "default-src 'self'; child-src 'self'; connect-src 'self' ws: wss:; img-src 'self' data: *; script-src 'unsafe-eval' 'unsafe-inline' 'self'; style-src 'unsafe-inline' 'self'", 'x-runtime': '0.209123', 'connection': 'Keep-Alive', 'x-permitted-cross-domain-policies': 'none', 'cache-control': 'no-cache', 'date': 'Wed, 07 Aug 2019 08:17:49 GMT', 'apipie-checksum': 'f287e71ef7536ad92a99a61830ffabc07a800b26', 'x-frame-options': 'sameorigin', 'content-type': 'application/json; charset=utf-8', 'foreman_api_version': '2'}
sleeping for ac06848f-1be6-462c-92a2-116a0d20a8eb
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 32, in <module>
  File "", line 25, in delete
  File "", line 18, in wait
    r = s.get("{}/foreman_tasks/api/tasks/{}".format(BASE, task['id']))
  File "/home/egolov/Devel/theforeman/foreman-ansible-modules/venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/requests/", line 546, in get
    return self.request('GET', url, **kwargs)
  File "/home/egolov/Devel/theforeman/foreman-ansible-modules/venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/requests/", line 533, in request
    resp = self.send(prep, **send_kwargs)
  File "/home/egolov/Devel/theforeman/foreman-ansible-modules/venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/requests/", line 646, in send
    r = adapter.send(request, **kwargs)
  File "/home/egolov/Devel/theforeman/foreman-ansible-modules/venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/requests/", line 498, in send
    raise ConnectionError(err, request=request)
requests.exceptions.ConnectionError: ('Connection aborted.', BadStatusLine("''",))

As you can see, the server answers with 'keep-alive': 'timeout=5, max=10000' to the POST, but we use time.sleep(10) to wait. Lowering the sleep to 4 (so below the timeout) avoids the problem. However, it should be the responsibility of the underlying http client to re-open the connection if needed. And requests does so just fine if used outside of VCR. Thus we think this is a bug in VCR.

Issue Analytics

  • State:open
  • Created 4 years ago
  • Comments:5 (1 by maintainers)

github_iconTop GitHub Comments

peterisrcommented, Aug 31, 2021

Hello! I am also one of the unfortunate ones who has encountered this issue. Thankfully I managed to debug and fix it. See PR

evgenicommented, Aug 13, 2019


so as you expected, 2.1.0 doesn’t fix the issue. And I must admit I don’t really have the bandwidth to dive into the details of VCR itself to help you fixing this. However, I sat down and made you a smaller reproducer, so that’s something 😉

import time
import requests
import vcr

URL = ''

with vcr.use_cassette('test.yaml', record_mode='all'):
    s = requests.Session()
    s.verify = False


If I am not mistaken, you can point URL at any Apache httpd in default config, and it will have KeepAliveTimeout 5 and thus fail if you try a second GET after 10 seconds.

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