Tag Archives: Amazon S3

Warning: S3::putObject(): RequestTimeTooSkewed – CarrierWave (Ruby on Rails)

Hey everyone,

Another issue I came across while working with CarrierWave. After rebooting a VM Amazon started too complain “request time too skewed”:

Warning: S3::putObject(): RequestTimeTooSkewed The difference between the request time and the current time is to large. in x on line 14

This one is another simple fix, just make sure your system time is correct. I’d been using a VM and it had run forward by a few hours. Setting it back manually resolved the error.

Amazon S3 Images Expiring – CarrierWave (Ruby on Rails)

Hey everyone,

After working with CarrierWave for a couple of days a few of my images started disappearing. It took a while to work out what was causing it, but thankfully the fix is pretty easy:

#Set fog_public in your initialiser to true
config.fog_public = false
#Should be
config.fog_public = true

Alternatively, if you’d like them to keep expiring but want to adjust their availability you can use the following config option:

#Number of seconds
config.fog_authenticated_url_expiration = 60000

There’s a bit of info in the following StackOverflow post: http://stackoverflow.com/a/13757841/522859

Excon::Errors::SocketError Broken pipe (Errno::EPIPE) – Ruby on Rails

Hey everyone,

I was having a bit of trouble with CarrierWave on Amazon S3 today. When attempting to upload files that were larger than ~150kb I received one of the following errors (depending on config):

getaddrinfo: Name or service not known carrierwave
Excon::Errors::SocketError in PhotosController#create
Broken pipe (Errno::EPIPE)


Despite the vague error, the solution was fairly simple. The region configured in my initialiser was different to the one my bucket was created in.

In order to find out which region you need, logon to your AWS console and browse to an uploaded image. Check the endpoint URL (properties > static website hosting) and simply copy the region. For examples:

Endpoint: testbucket123321.s3-website-us-west-2.amazonaws.com
Region: us-west-2

A couple of final tips if this doesn’t work for you:

  • You need the region codes, not the name. For instance, “Oregon” won’t work
  • Don’t forget to restart your app after making changes to the initialiser