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From: Jonathan Morton <>
To: dean gaudet <>
Cc: Jan Hudec <>, <>
Subject: Re: Client receives TCP packets but does not ACK
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 00:43:32 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <a05101001b75435c7291d@[]> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>
In-Reply-To: <>

>  > >  > Btw: can the aplication somehow ask the tcp/ip stack what was
>>  >actualy acked?
>>  >>  (ie. how many bytes were acked).
>>  >
>>  >no, but it's not necessarily a useful number anyhow -- because it's
>>  >possible that the remote end ACKd bytes but the ACK never arrives.  so you
>>  >can get into a situation where the remote application has the entire
>>  >message but the local application doesn't know.  the only way to solve
>>  >this is above the TCP layer.  (message duplicate elimination using an
>>  >unique id.)
>>  No, because if the ACK doesn't reach the sending machine, the sender
>>  will retry the data until it does get an ACK.
>if the network goes down in between, the sender may never get the ACK.
>the sender will see a timeout eventually.  the receiver may already be
>done with the connection and closed it and never see the error.  if it
>were a protocol such as SMTP then the sender would retry later, and the
>result would be a duplicate message.  (which you can eliminate above the
>TCP layer using unique ids.)

But, if the sender does not attempt to close the socket until the ACK 
returns, then the receiver will see an unfinished connection and 
(hopefully) realise that the message is unsafe and not attempt to 
send it.

With SMTP, the last piece of data is a QUIT anyway, which occurs 
after the end-of-message marker - once the QUIT is sent and/or 
received, both ends know that the connection is finished with and 
will close the socket independently of each other.  If the network 
disappears before the QUIT comes along, the receiver should be 
discarding messages and the sender retrying later.
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  reply	other threads:[~2001-06-18 23:49 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 29+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2001-06-15 12:53 Client receives TCP packets but does not ACK Heusden, Folkert van
2001-06-15 18:27 ` Mike Black
2001-06-15 18:39   ` Gérard Roudier
2001-06-15 19:12   ` Alan Cox
2001-06-17 18:17     ` Pavel Machek
2001-06-17 19:32       ` Alan Cox
2001-06-17 19:40       ` Dan Podeanu
     [not found]         ` <>
2001-06-17 22:09           ` Dan Podeanu
2001-06-17 22:35         ` dean gaudet
2001-06-18 11:50 ` Jan Hudec
2001-06-18 16:17   ` dean gaudet
2001-06-18 16:48     ` Jonathan Morton
2001-06-18 22:30       ` dean gaudet
2001-06-18 23:43         ` Jonathan Morton [this message]
2001-06-19  2:46           ` dean gaudet
2001-06-20 21:01   ` David Schwartz
  -- strict thread matches above, loose matches on Subject: below --
2001-07-01 21:27 Nivedita Singhvi
2001-07-11  3:43 ` Robert Kleemann
     [not found] <>
2001-06-17 20:21 ` Andi Kleen
     [not found] <Pine.LNX.4.33.0106121720310.1152-100000@localhost.localdomain.suse.lists.linux.kernel>
2001-06-13  8:48 ` Andi Kleen
2001-06-13 16:09   ` Robert Kleemann
2001-06-13  0:26 Robert Kleemann
2001-06-15  3:50 ` Robert Kleemann
2001-06-15 12:44   ` Mike Black
2001-06-15 18:29     ` Albert D. Cahalan
2001-06-15 23:10       ` Robert Kleemann
2001-06-16 11:55       ` Mike Black
2001-06-16 23:56 ` Robert Kleemann
2001-06-27  1:04   ` Robert Kleemann

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