' worker_connections are not enough ' even after increasing the amount to double

Godfather asked:

I have a fresh installation of an rails app over app Nginx . Everything worked smooth until I decided to put SSL cert from Lets Encrypt . When I try to reach to page I get an 404 Not Found error .


2017/02/07 02:10:46 [alert] 4779#0: *35005 2048 worker_connections are not enough while connecting to upstream


    user  nginx;
worker_processes  2;
worker_rlimit_nofile 30000;

error_log  /var/log/nginx/error.log;
#error_log  /var/log/nginx/error.log  notice;
#error_log  /var/log/nginx/error.log  info;

pid        /run/nginx.pid;

events {
    worker_connections  2048;

        listen  80;
        server_name  example.com www.example.com;
        return 301 https://$host$request_uri;


        listen  443 ssl;
        server_name  example.com www.example.com;
        root         /var/www/myapp/public;

        #SSL Configuration

        ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/example.com/fullchain.pem;
        ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/example.com/privkey.pem;
        ssl_protocols TLSv1 TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2;
        ssl_prefer_server_ciphers on;
        ssl_ciphers 'EECDH+AESGCM:EDH+AESGCM:AES256+EECDH:AES256+EDH';

        #charset koi8-r;

        #access_log  /var/log/nginx/host.access.log  main;

        # Load configuration files for the default server block.
        include /etc/nginx/default.d/*.conf;

        location / {
                proxy_pass https://example.com;

        # redirect server error pages to the static page /40x.html
        error_page  404              /404.html;
        location = /40x.html {

        # redirect server error pages to the static page /50x.html
        error_page   500 502 503 504  /50x.html;
        location = /50x.html {

I’ve googled it and tried several attempts but nothing changed .
Any help on how should I fix this ?

My answer:

Your problem is not worker_connections. Your problem is that you have specified to proxy_pass connections back to the very same nginx server thus creating an infinite loop. When a connection comes in, nginx immediately reconnects to itself 2048 times, throws that error, and gives up.

To solve the problem, you need to proxy_pass to the correct web application, wherever it is, or remove it entirely.

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