I've installed Varnish Turpintine on our staging site by following the instructions on the Magento-Turpintine wiki.

Our site is on Ubuntu 14.04, NGINX, varnish-4.0.3m, Turpentine v0.6.5, Magento 1.9.2.

These are my DAEMON_OPTS in /etc/default/varnish

DAEMON_OPTS="-a :80 \
             -T localhost:6082 \
             -f /etc/varnish/default.vcl \
             -S /etc/varnish/secret \
             -p cli_buffer=16384 \
             -p feature=+esi_ignore_other_elements \
             -p vcc_allow_inline_c=on \
             -s malloc,256m"

I installed the turpentine module successfully, only really changing the config for the Secret Varnish Authentication Key with the \n appended, URL Blacklist and enabling debug info.

When I tried saving my configuration I got the bellow error:

Failed to apply the VCL to Got unexpected response code from Varnish: 106 Message from VCC-compiler: directors are now in directors VMOD. ('input' Line 27 Pos 1) director default round-robin { ########---------------------- Running VCC-compiler failed, exited with 2 VCL compilation failed

This is what I have in the Turpentine generate var/default.vcl file:

vcl 4.0;
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <time.h>
#include <pthread.h>
static pthread_mutex_t lrand_mutex = PTHREAD_MUTEX_INITIALIZER;
void generate_uuid(char* buf) {
long a = lrand48();
long b = lrand48();
long c = lrand48();
long d = lrand48();
sprintf(buf, "frontend=%08lx%04lx%04lx%04lx%04lx%08lx",
b & 0xffff,
(b & ((long)0x0fff0000) >> 16) | 0x4000,
(c & 0x0fff) | 0x8000,
(c & (long)0xffff0000) >> 16,
import std;
director default round-robin {
.backend = {
.host = "";
.port = "8080";
.first_byte_timeout = 300s;
.between_bytes_timeout = 300s;
director admin round-robin {
.backend = {
.host = "";
.port = "8080";
.first_byte_timeout = 21600s;
.between_bytes_timeout = 21600s;

I was seemingly able to fix this by creating the custom_include.vcl file from version-4.vcl as it was missing

cp app/code/community/Nexcessnet/Turpentine/misc/version-4.vcl app/code/community/Nexcessnet/Turpentine/misc/custom_include.vcl

But now when I try to save the configuration I get a new error:

Failed to apply the VCL to Varnish data to write over length limit by 749 characters

This seems to be related to the -p cli_buffer=16384 which I set in the DAEMON_OPTS at /etc/default/varnish. When I try increasing this I still get the same error but with a different limit.

Failed to apply the VCL to Varnish data to write over length limit by 8941 characters.

I have nothing in magento/var/log/ or /var/log/varnish/ for Varnish. I tried chacking the Varnish Admin to see if there was anything wrong with the cli_buffer but could see nothing of note.

$ sudo varnishadm
varnish> param.show cli_buffer
        Value is: 16k [bytes]
        Default is: 8k
        Minimum is: 4k

        Size of buffer for CLI command input.
        You may need to increase this if you have big VCL files and use
        the vcl.inline CLI command.
        NB: Must be specified with -p to have effect.

Thanks in advance for any advice suggestions.

2 Answers 2


Thanks for sharing. I just installed the latest version from the devel branch to fix a very similar problem. To check if Varnish is caching you could use either of the following varnishtop commands, if you have access to the server.

/usr/bin/varnishtop -i RxURL
/usr/bin/varnishtop -i RxHeader -C -I \^HOST
  • both say something like -i: "RxURL" matches zero tags. Does this mean it's not working? Do you know what varnishtop -i is doing? when i run varnishtop on it's own without the -i flag I get a lot of info
    – Holly
    Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 16:14
  • Not sure, I always got out with either of them when browsing the site. Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 20:27

I seem to have gotten this working by applying a fix I found of GitHub ticket 915.

First off the fix I applied for my first error was misleading so I removed the file I created.

rm app/code/community/Nexcessnet/Turpentine/misc/custom_include.vcl

Then I merged the devel branch of the Magento-Turpintine repo with my Magento project as suggested in the GitHub Ticket 915.

Now when I save the Turpintine Config / apply the Varnish config I got no error messages.

Although the site does not seem to have sped up a great deal, how can I ensure varnish is working as it is supposed to.

UPDATE I was able to ensure Varnish was working by running varnishstat, if the Hitrate avg is greater than 0 it means the cache is being hit.

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