Title: SocketServer.TCPServer truncates responses on close (in some situations)
Type: behavior Stage: resolved
Components: Versions: Python 3.1, Python 2.7, Python 2.6, Python 2.5
Status: closed Resolution: wont fix
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: Nosy List: jrodman2, orsenthil, schmir
Priority: normal Keywords:

Created on 2010-11-05 05:38 by jrodman2, last changed 2010-11-20 17:43 by orsenthil. This issue is now closed.

Messages (4)
msg120469 - (view) Author: jrodman2 (jrodman2) Date: 2010-11-05 05:38
Behavior exists in at least Python 2.5 through 3.1.

The issue regards the socketserver's handling of the tcp sockets it works with.  On object reaping, the sockets are properly closed (in some versions explicitly, in others implicitly).  However, closing a socket with unread data will in some operating systems prevent sent data from being sent.  Notably this occurs on Linux and Windows (I tested on Debian testing x86_64 and Windows Vista x86).

Extensive tcpdump sessions and a lot of head scratching finally clarified the issue.  The OS would send an RST packet after just the first bit of data handed over to the socket implementation, in typical cases meaning hte first line of text python is writing would be sent to the client, but no more, causing invalid HTTP replies.

Here is a change to force the socket to be drained on close.  It is of no matter that more data may arrive on the socket post-drain, because the socket implementation in the operating system should be happy to send off what was already queued by the python program at this point.

Testing bears this out, across many platforms here.

Here is one way to accomplish this in python 2.x, in 3.x the equivalent file is, but has the same issue.  It lacks the explicit request.close() call, bgut this seems a matter of aesthetics.

Note that the use of is documented by Linux to be unsafe for this purpose in some circumstances, and may be on other platforms as well.

I sort of would rather have sockets have a socket.drain() function which is known to be safe and correct for this type of socket programming issue.  If that would be more appropriate, please suggest.

       Under  Linux, select() may report a socket file descriptor as "ready for reading", while nevertheless a subsequent
       read blocks.  This could for example happen when data has arrived but upon examination has wrong checksum  and  is
       discarded.   There may be other circumstances in which a file descriptor is spuriously reported as ready.  Thus it
       may be safer to use O_NONBLOCK on sockets that should not block.

---	2010-11-04 21:36:23.000000000 -0700
+++	2010-11-04 21:38:19.000000000 -0700
@@ -445,6 +445,13 @@
     def close_request(self, request):
         """Called to clean up an individual request."""
+        # drain socket
+        request.setblocking(0)
+        try:
+            while True:
+                request.recv(4096)
+        except socket.error, e:
+            pass
msg120841 - (view) Author: Senthil Kumaran (orsenthil) * (Python committer) Date: 2010-11-09 06:06
jrodman2, in the socketserver TCPServer code you will find that shutdown_request does a socket.SHUT_WR before calling close_request.
If the application or code in your description used shutdown_request, instead of close_request would you still require the kind of drain code?
msg120842 - (view) Author: jrodman2 (jrodman2) Date: 2010-11-09 06:37
shutdown isn't the same as close.
I'm not sure that's correct behavior in BaseHTTPServer depending upon whether it wants to keep the door open to weird pipeline behaviors.

Honestly, I'm having to read through tcp/ip illustrated because of this, so I'm not really the proper person to make the call.
Perhaps the bug is, as you imply, in BaseHTTPServer, not TCPServer.
msg121694 - (view) Author: Senthil Kumaran (orsenthil) * (Python committer) Date: 2010-11-20 17:43
BaseHTTPServer documentation explains that "Usually, this module isn’t used directly, but is used as a basis for building functioning Web servers". Methods are usually subclassed with desirable behaviors customized.

If you are using SocketServer in your code directly and calling close_request (where you want all your requests to be drained on closing), I think, you should just use shutdown_request. 

This bug can be closed.
Date User Action Args
2010-11-20 17:43:32orsenthilsetstatus: open -> closed
resolution: wont fix
messages: + msg121694

stage: resolved
2010-11-15 21:09:16schmirsetnosy: + schmir
2010-11-09 06:37:05jrodman2setmessages: + msg120842
2010-11-09 06:06:19orsenthilsetnosy: + orsenthil
messages: + msg120841
2010-11-05 05:38:37jrodman2create