[New-bugs-announce] [issue2550] SO_REUSEADDR doesn't have the same semantics on Windows as on Unix

Trent Nelson report at bugs.python.org
Fri Apr 4 17:58:00 CEST 2008

New submission from Trent Nelson <tnelson at onresolve.com>:

Background: I came across this issue when trying to track down why 
test_asynchat would periodically wedge python processes on the Windows 
buildbots, to the point that they wouldn't even respond to SIGKILL (or 
ctrl-c on the console).

What I found after a bit of digging is that Windows doesn't raise 
EADDRINUSE socket.errors when you bind() two sockets to identical 
host/ports *IFF* SO_REUSEADDR has been set as a socket option.

Decided to brighten up my tube journey into work this morning by 
reading the Gospel's take on the situation.  As per the 'SO_REUSEADDR 
and SO_REUSEPORT Socket Options' section in chapter 7.5 of Stevens' 
UNIX Network Programming Volume 1 (2nd Ed):

"With TCP, we are never able to start multiple servers that bind
 the same IP address and same port: a completely duplicate binding.
 That is, we cannot start one server that binds port 80
 and start another that also binds port 80, even if we
 set the SO_REUSEADDR socket option for the second server."

So, it seems at least Windows isn't adhering to this, at least on XP 
and Server 2008 with 2.5-2.6.  I've patched test_socket.py to 
explicitly test for this situation -- as expected, it passes on Unix 
(tested on FreeBSD in particular), and fails on Windows.  I'd like to 
commit this to trunk to see if any of the buildbots for different 
platforms match the behaviour of Windows.

assignee: Trent.Nelson
components: Library (Lib), Windows
files: test_socket.py.patch
keywords: 26backport, patch
messages: 64933
nosy: Trent.Nelson
priority: high
severity: normal
status: open
title: SO_REUSEADDR doesn't have the same semantics on Windows as on Unix
type: behavior
versions: Python 2.5, Python 2.6, Python 3.0
Added file: http://bugs.python.org/file9939/test_socket.py.patch

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