Re: TCP keepalive timer problem

From: Eric Dumazet
Date: Thu Aug 27 2009 - 10:17:25 EST

Andi Kleen a écrit :
> Eric Dumazet <eric.dumazet@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> Now, 7200 seconds might be inappropriate for special needs, and considering
>> there is no way to change tcp_retries2 for a given socket (only choice being the global
>> tcp_retries2 setting), I would vote for a change in our stack, to *relax* RFC,
>> and get smaller keepalive timers if possible.
> I think the better fix would be to just to only do that when
> tcp_retries2 > keep alive time. So keep the existing behaviour
> with default keep alive, but switch when the user defined
> a very short keep alive.

tcp_retries2 is a number of retries, its difficult to derive a time from it.

Also, it's not clear what behavior you are refering to.
Imagine we can be smart and compute tcp_retries2_time (in jiffies) from tcp_retries2
If keepalive_timer fires and we have packets in flight, what heuristic do you suggest ?

if (tp->packets_out || tcp_send_head(sk))
if (tcp_retries2_time < keepalive_time_when(tp))
goto resched;
elapsed = tcp_time_stamp - tp->rcv_tstamp;

What would be the gain ?
Arming timer exactly every keepalive_time_when(tp)
instead of keepalive_time_when(tp) - (tcp_time_stamp - tp->rcv_tstamp) ?

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