How to reuse TCP listening socket immediately after it was connected at least once?
ldo at geek-central.gen.new_zealand
Sun May 24 12:45:11 CEST 2009
In message <mailman.651.1243154739.8015.python-list at python.org>, Igor Katson
> I have written a socket server and some arbitrary clients. When I
> shutdown the server, and do socket.close(), I cannot immediately start
> it again cause it has some open sockets in TIME_WAIT state. It throws
> address already in use exception at me.
There's a reason for that. It's to ensure that there are no leftover packets
floating around the Internet somewhere, that you might mistakenly receive
and think they were part of a new connection, when they were in fact part of
an old one.
The right thing to do is try to ensure that all your connections are
properly closed at shutdown. That may not be enough (if your server crashes
due to bugs), so the other thing you need to do is retry the socket open,
say, at 30-second intervals, until it succeeds.
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