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From Brian Pane <>
Subject Re: Extraneous socket read?
Date Sun, 08 Jul 2001 19:58:51 GMT
dean gaudet wrote:

>On Sun, 8 Jul 2001, dean gaudet wrote:
>>On Sat, 7 Jul 2001, Bill Stoddard wrote:
>>>Humm... If you use TCP_DEFER_ACCEPT, how to you handle clients
>>>connecting but not sending any bytes?
>>i'm not sure what happens if they connect and close before the timeout.
>the socket is passed to accept() and you read() an EOF immediately... just
>like we'd like to see.
>also, it appears the timeout is broken (or i'm using it wrong)... awaiting
>word from kernel gurus.
So I guess the ideal algorithm for retrieving the initial request
from a client is:

  OS with working TCP_DEFER_ACCEPT or equivalent: select first, then read
  OS without working TCP_DEFER_ACCEPT or equivalent: read first

It's probably worth the complexity to support TCP_DEFER_ACCEPT on
platforms where it's available.  My rationale for this is that if
some idiot decides to open a thousand connections to your httpd and
never send anything, it's more lightweight to buffer each one in
a node in a kernel list while awaiting a timeout than to buffer it
in a connection_rec in the httpd.


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