[Python-Dev] socket.SOL_REUSEADDR: different semantics between Windows vs Unix (or why test_asynchat is sometimes dying on Windows)

Trent Nelson tnelson at onresolve.com
Fri Apr 4 18:07:22 CEST 2008

I've raised issue 2550 to track this problem.  I've also provided a patch on the tracker to test_socket.py that reproduces the issue.  Anyone mind if I commit this to trunk?  I'd like to observe if any other platforms exhibit different behaviour via buildbots.  It'll cause all the Windows slaves to fail on test_socket though.  (I can revert it once I've seen how the buildbots behave until I can come up with an actual patch for Windows that fixes the issue.)



From: python-dev-bounces+tnelson=onresolve.com at python.org [python-dev-bounces+tnelson=onresolve.com at python.org] On Behalf Of Trent Nelson [tnelson at onresolve.com]
Sent: 03 April 2008 22:40
To: python-dev at python.org
Subject: [Python-Dev] socket.SOL_REUSEADDR: different semantics between Windows vs Unix (or why test_asynchat is sometimes dying on Windows)

I started looking into this:


Pertinent part:


command timed out: 1200 seconds without output
SIGKILL failed to kill process
using fake rc=-1
program finished with exit code -1
remoteFailed: [Failure instance: Traceback from remote host -- Traceback (most recent call last):
Failure: buildbot.slave.commands.TimeoutError: SIGKILL failed to kill process

I tried to replicate it on the buildbot in order to debug, which, surprisingly, I could do consistently by just running rt.bat -q -d -uall test_asynchat.  As the log above indicates, the python process becomes completely and utterly wedged, to the point that I can't even attach a remote debugger and step into it.

Digging further, I noticed that if I ran the following code in two different python consoles, EADDRINUSE was *NOT* being raised by socket.bind():

import socket
s = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM)
s.setsockopt(socket.SOL_SOCKET, socket.SO_REUSEADDR, 1)
s.bind(('', 54322))

However, take out the setsockopt line, and wallah, the second s.bind() will raise EADDRINUSE, as expected.  This manifests into a really bizarre issue with test_asynchat in particualr, as subsequent sock.accept() calls on the socket put python into the uber wedged state (can't even ctrl-c out at the console, need to kill the process directly).

Have to leave the office and head home so I don't have any more time to look at it tonight -- just wanted to post here for others to mull over.

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