Re: TCP keepalive timer problem

From: Andi Kleen
Date: Tue Aug 25 2009 - 10:05:02 EST

<Li_Xin2@xxxxxxx> writes:

[cc netdev]

> Greetings,
> I found one problem in Linux TCP keepalive timer processing, after
> searching on google, I found Daniel Stempel reported the same problem in
> 2007 (,
> but got no answer. So I have to reraise it.
> Can anyone help answer this two-years long question?

I think the idea behind the tcp_keepalive_timer check referrenced in the
other mail is: when there are outstanding non acked packets then
the normal retransmit timer will do keep alive because it will
retransmit and retransmit in exponential backoff and eventually notice
something is wrong.

The obvious hole is that if the keepalive is shorter than the worst
case retransmit timeout then you'll have to wait for the longer
timeout. I presume that's what is happening for you? You set the
keep alive timeout very low and expect the timeout to be very low,
but it's 30+mins (default retransmit timeout)?

ak@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx -- Speaking for myself only.
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