How to reuse TCP listening socket immediately after it was connected at least once?
bellman at lysator.liu.se
Thu May 28 06:42:05 EDT 2009
Roy Smith <roy at panix.com> wrote:
> In article <gvb8fn$7gm$1 at lust.ihug.co.nz>,
> Lawrence D'Oliveiro <ldo at geek-central.gen.new_zealand> wrote:
>> 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.
> That may be a reasonable thing to do for production code, but when you're
> building and debugging a server, it's a real pain to not be able to restart
> it quickly whenever you want (or need) to.
Speaking as a sysadmin, running applications for production,
programs not using SO_REUSEADDR should be taken out and shot.
You *can't* ensure that TCP connections are "properly closed".
For example, a *client* crashing, or otherwise becoming
unreachable, will leave TCP connections unclosed, no matter
what you do.
Not using SO_REUSEADDR means forcing a service interruption of
half an hour (IIRC) if for some reason the service must be
restarted, or having to reboot the entire machine. No thanks.
I have been in that situation.
Thomas Bellman, Lysator Academic Computer Club, LinkÃ¶ping University
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