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Date:   Fri, 01 May 2020 15:12:27 -0700 (PDT)
From:   David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next v3] net: Replace the limit of TCP_LINGER2 with

From: Cambda Zhu <>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2020 16:06:16 +0800

> This patch changes the behavior of TCP_LINGER2 about its limit. The
> sysctl_tcp_fin_timeout used to be the limit of TCP_LINGER2 but now it's
> only the default value. A new macro named TCP_FIN_TIMEOUT_MAX is added
> as the limit of TCP_LINGER2, which is 2 minutes.
> Since TCP_LINGER2 used sysctl_tcp_fin_timeout as the default value
> and the limit in the past, the system administrator cannot set the
> default value for most of sockets and let some sockets have a greater
> timeout. It might be a mistake that let the sysctl to be the limit of
> the TCP_LINGER2. Maybe we can add a new sysctl to set the max of
> TCP_LINGER2, but FIN-WAIT-2 timeout is usually no need to be too long
> and 2 minutes are legal considering TCP specs.
> Changes in v3:
> - Remove the new socket option and change the TCP_LINGER2 behavior so
>   that the timeout can be set to value between sysctl_tcp_fin_timeout
>   and 2 minutes.
> Changes in v2:
> - Add int overflow check for the new socket option.
> Changes in v1:
> - Add a new socket option to set timeout greater than
>   sysctl_tcp_fin_timeout.
> Signed-off-by: Cambda Zhu <>

Applied, thank you.

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