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Date:	Wed, 26 Sep 2007 10:17:19 -0700
From:	Rick Jones <rick.jones2@...com>
To:	Herbert Xu <herbert@...dor.apana.org.au>
Cc:	Stephen Hemminger <shemminger@...ux-foundation.org>,
	netdev@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [RFC] Zero-length write() does not generate a datagram on	connected
 socket

Herbert Xu wrote:
> Stephen Hemminger <shemminger@...ux-foundation.org> wrote:
> 
>>The bug http://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=5731
>>describes an issue where write() can't be used to generate a zero-length
>>datagram (but send, and sendto do work).
>>
>>I think the following is needed:
>>
>>--- a/net/socket.c      2007-08-20 09:54:28.000000000 -0700
>>+++ b/net/socket.c      2007-09-24 15:31:25.000000000 -0700
>>@@ -777,8 +777,11 @@ static ssize_t sock_aio_write(struct kio
>>       if (pos != 0)
>>               return -ESPIPE;
>>
>>-       if (iocb->ki_left == 0) /* Match SYS5 behaviour */
>>-               return 0;
>>+       if (unlikely(iocb->ki_left == 0)) {
>>+               struct socket *sock = iocb->ki_filp->private_data;
>>+               if (sock->type == SOCK_STREAM)
>>+                       return 0;
>>+       }
> 
> 
> I'm not sure whether all STREAM protocols treat zero-length
> sends as no-ops.  What about SCTP?

I asked Vlad that very question, since SCTP can preserve message 
boundaries. He tells me that a zero-length message is not part of SCTP.

rick jones
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