[Spread-users] cannot re-connect

Jonathan Stanton jonathan at cnds.jhu.edu
Fri Dec 1 08:08:57 EST 2006

This is a known limitation of TCP connections, if the server socket is 
closed before the clients, the server socket enters a wait state for a 
few minutes. During this time the server can not reuse the same port 

If you look in the sample spread.conf file, there is a documented option 
called SocketPortReuse that can address this. It is set by default to 
allow reusing the port number automatically if you bind to specific 
interfaces (using the 

	node	{
node specification, instead of the simple general bind of just 
listing one IP address.

However, you can set it to always reuse the port number by changing the 
value to "ON". The reason we don't do this by default is that it is a 
security risk because other processes on the same machine as the Spread 
daemon can also bind to the same address/port as Spread then and capture 
the Spread traffic or interfere with it (depending on OS/version)

If you set it to ON you will not have a problem with restarting the 
spread daemon. 

I understand your idea for a SpreadConnection.isConnected(), in many 
cases I didn't think it was needed as whenever you try to use the 
connection, if it was broken you will get an immediate error and can 
recover from it by reconnecting. Is there some other scenario where it 
would be useful?



On Fri, Dec 01, 2006 at 11:41:26AM +0100, Torsten Curdt wrote:
> Here is the scenario:
> Spread is running and from a java application I join the spread ring
> on the same machine. Now when I stop the spread ring I see a
> SpreadException raised in the java code.
> SpreadException: spread.SpreadException: Connection closed while reading 
> header
> Now trying to start spread again it refuses to start because it claims
> to be already running
> Sess_init: INET unable to bind to port 4803, already running
> But all there is is a tcp connection in CLOSE_WAIT
> $ netstat -an|grep 4803
> tcp4       0      0         
> Any clues what migh be the problem? I want to be able to re-start
> spread and have the java code re-establish the connection. Some
> SpreadConnection.isConnected() would nice for that too btw.
> Using spread 4rc2.
> cheers
> --
> Torsten
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Jonathan R. Stanton         jonathan at cs.jhu.edu
Dept. of Computer Science   
Johns Hopkins University    

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