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From Jan Kalu┼ża <>
Subject [PATCH] Add "FreeListen" to support IP_FREEBIND
Date Mon, 07 Mar 2016 11:41:25 GMT

attached patch adds new "FreeListen" directive. The difference between 
"Listen" and "FreeListen" is that "FreeListen" sets the IP_FREEBIND 
socket option on platforms where this is available.

It is therefore possible to start the server even when particular IP 
address set in the "FreeListen" is not configured yet.

This is needed for httpd startup with systemd when one wants to use 
particular IP address to bind. There is no way how to start httpd after 
the IP address has been configured in systemd and according to systemd 
developers, the applications should become more robust to handle network 
changes like that. The full reasoning is explained here [1].

The patch needs latest APR-trunk currently, but it could be rewritten to 
set IP_FREEBIND directly instead of using APR API (We use that way for 
REUSEADDR socket option).

Do you think FreeListen is good name for this feature, or would you 
name/implement it differently?


Jan Kaluza

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