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Date:	Mon, 17 Sep 2007 11:13:05 -0700
From:	Rick Jones <>
To:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: why does tcp_v[46]_conn_request not inc MIB stats

David Miller wrote:
> From: Rick Jones <>
> Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 11:42:18 -0700
>>I've been digging around to see about inducing /proc/net/tcp to show 
>>some "interesting" things for listen sockets (eg backlog depth, its max, 
>>and dropped connection requests).  While there I've noticed that both 
>>tcp_v[46]_syn_recv_sock and tcp_v[46]conn_request both check that the 
>>listen queue is full, but only tcp_v[46]_syn_recv_sock increments some 
>>mib stats for dropped connection requests.
> They are checking two different things.
> tcp_v{4,6}_conn_request is checking whether we are hitting the limit
> for allowing the initial SYN and creating a new embryonic mini-socket.
> Exceeding that is not a listen overflow.

I'll risk some toe chewing and ask - is the embryonic limit set based on 
  what one sets in the listen() call and/or system configs?

Seems that _some_ sort of stat should be incremented, even if it isn't 
the listen queue overflow one?

rick jones

> tcp_v{4,6}_syn_recv_sock() is processing the end of the 3-way
> handshake and wants to create a full established state socket to queue
> into the listening parent.  This is checking the listening socket
> queue limits, and indeed is a listen queue overflow if exceeded.

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