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Date:   Sat, 21 Nov 2020 13:36:30 +0000
From:   James Courtier-Dutton <>
Subject: SO_REUSEADDR compatibility problems


The use case I am struggling with is the use of a Windows program
running in wine that is sending and receiving UDP packets.
This particular windows program uses SO_REUSEADDR socket option and
opens two sockets. Lets call the first one socket A, and the second
one Socket B.

The SO_REUSEADDR from the Windows application is translated by "wine" into a
Unfortunately the behaviour of these is different between Windows and
Linux so the Windows application fails to run on Linux under wine.
1 ) On windows:
All received unicast UDP packets will arrive on the first opened
socket. Thus on socket A.
2) On Linux:
All received unicast UDP packets will arrive on the last opened
socket. Thus on socket B.

The problem is that this windows program only expects to receive
unicast UDP packets on socket A, and thus it sees no packets.

There are no currently existing socket options in Linux that would
permit wine to simulate the Windows behaviour.
And thus, the reason I am asking the question here.
Please can we add an extra socket option to the Linux socket options
such that we can get wine to simulate Windows correctly. I.e. behave
like (1) above.
Now wine is pretty good at simulating most things Windows throws at
it, but socket options is not one of them yet.
Also note, that (1) is actually more secure than (2) because it
prevents other applications with the same UserID from hijacking the
Although (2) is more helpful in more gracefully handling some error edge cases.

Suggested new option name:  SO_REUSEADDR_WS

Kind Regards


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