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From David Martín Clavo (JIRA) <>
Subject [jira] Created: (AMQ-1156) option "wireFormat.tcpNoDelayEnabled=true" is ignored
Date Wed, 07 Feb 2007 08:18:03 GMT
option "wireFormat.tcpNoDelayEnabled=true" is ignored

                 Key: AMQ-1156
             Project: ActiveMQ
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Documentation, Test Cases, Transport
    Affects Versions: 4.1.0, 4.0, 4.2.0
         Environment: Any.
            Reporter: David Martín Clavo

*A. Description*
Setting the wireFormat.tcpNoDelayEnabled flag to true in connection uri's (for example _"tcp://localhost:61616?wireFormat.tcpNoDelayEnabled"_)
has no effect:
The sockets created in ActiveMQ do not have the TcpNoDelay flag set to true.
You can verify this for example in the following way: insert the line _System.err.println(sock.getTcpNoDelay());_
at the end of the method
Also you can try my test at
which makes latency appear if Nagle's algorithm is not disabled.
This affects versions 4.0, 4.1.0, and 4.2.0 latest snapshot. I guess 4.0.2 is affected too.

*B. Reason*
After looking at the source code to understand how the options are set, i saw that in the
method org.apache.activemq.transport.tcp.TcpTransportFactory.compositeConfigure the following
line appears:
_Map socketOptions = IntrospectionSupport.extractProperties(options, "socket.")_; 

and also that the method to set the TcpNoDelay option in class _org.apache.activemq.transport.tcp.TcpTransport_
is called _setTcpNoDelay_ and not _setTcpNoDelayEnabled_

Therefore, I tried to write _"socket.tcpNoDelay=true"_ instead of _"wireFormat.tcpNoDelayEnabled=true"_
and it *worked!* This is a *workaround*.

But, _"wireFormat.tcpNoDelayEnabled"_ option is not refused (as _"wireFormat.tcpNoDelayTypoEnabled"_
would be). The option _"tcpNoDelay=true"_ is not refused either, but DOES NOT work either.

*C. Fix*
So, please, for the sake of the poor soul who's next going to try to disable Nagle's algorithm
without noticing any effect, and will start looking for the problem elsewhere (and for the
sake of consistency also):
-Either change the documentation (
and to say that one should use
the _socket.tcpNoDelay_ option, or
-Change the code to obey the documentation (and make it refuse old options like just _"tcpNoDelay"_
who have no effect).

Personally I would change the documentation ASAP so that people know about the _"socket.tcpNoDelay=true"_
workaround until next version, and then change the code to recognize the _"wireFormat.tcpNoDelayTypoEnabled"_
option. I'd like to point out that the own ActiveMQ test cases use _"wireFormat.tcpNoDelayTypoEnabled"_

*D. Related issues*
This is related to a previous post of mine:
Doing quick synchronized sends showed a 39ms latency if the broker is running in Linux, and
a 200ms latency if the broker is in Windows (by the way, if someone knows the bottom reason
for this exact latency times, please tell me). Putting the _"wireFormat.tcpNoDelayTypoEnabled"_
to true in order to disable Nagle's algorithm had no effect (because ActiveMQ does not recognize

Very probably this is also related to issues
and (in this one probably Helmutt tried
to set the wireFormat.tcpNoDelayTypoEnabled without success because of this).

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