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Date:	Thu, 28 Feb 2008 14:44:15 -0600
From:	Nebojsa Miljanovic <>
To:	Willy Tarreau <>
	"Kittlitz, Edward (Ned)" <>,,
	"Polhemus, William (Bart)" <>,
Subject: Re: SO_REUSEADDR not allowing server and client to use same port

I agree. That would also work nicely. I do wish SO_REUSEPORT was available.

But, I am amazed that this issue has a long history (I've seen posts from 1999)
and that there was no progress with it.


On 2/28/2008 2:36 PM, Willy Tarreau wrote:
> [cc'd netdev]
> On Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 12:15:06PM -0600, Nebojsa Miljanovic wrote:
>>Hello all,
>>I have seen similar complaints about this issue before in the list archive, but
>>I have not seen any resolution. So, I am posting the question again in hope of
>>getting some replies.
>>Currently, Linux does not allow reuse of same local port for both TCP server and
>>TCP client. I understand that there may be a need to prevent two servers from
>>binding to the same local port, but having 1 server and 1 outgoing client use it
>>should be allowed. Other Unix like operating systems do allow it.
> I've been encountering the need for SO_REUSEPORT as implemented on some BSD
> for instance. It allows any process to explicitly permit another one to bind
> to the same IP:port provided that it also sets its socket with SO_REUSEPORT.
> This is a real requirement when you need to restart a service without any
> service disruption.
> In the end, I've written a trivial patch for 2.4 (but most likely 2.6 would
> use nearly the same one). I noticed that the conflict detection logic already
> distinguished between 3 cases: sk->reuse==0, sk->reuse==1, sk->reuse >1.
> sk->reuse was set to 1 with SO_REUSEADDR. I simply had to make SO_REUSEPORT
> do sk->reuse |= 2 to get everything working as expected.
> I don't know yet if it is as easy to do in 2.6, but if there is a possible
> acceptance of including this useful feature into mainline, I can try to
> work a patch (possibly cleaner than my existing one for 2.4).
> Regards,
> Willy

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