Subject: Re: New sysctl "net.listen_backlog"?
To: Marc Slemko <>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: tech-net
Date: 09/14/1998 23:52:35
This makes reasonable sense, and was what I was arguing for before
until I decided the fight wasn't worth it. For better or worse, most
systems use SOMAXCONN as "reasonable default" and we may have to stick 
with that behavior.

BTW, what does the XPG say?


Marc Slemko writes:
> On Mon, 14 Sep 1998, Jonathan Stone wrote:
> > What I'm proposing is a _different_ name for a sensible default value
> > that works for most apps under most circumstances. That way, normal
> > apps ask for the normal backlog, but potential pigs can ask for
> > whatever the maximum is.  If they ask for it, then they get it.
> And my problem with that is it is broken compared to every other operating
> system out there.  Introducing needless incompatibilities doesn't make
> sense.  You can't just suddenly say to vendors that have been using
> SOMAXCONN all along "oh, sorry, your app is broken now."  Well, not
> without a good reason anyway.