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Title: set better defaults for TCPServer options
Type: enhancement Stage: patch review
Components: Library (Lib) Versions: Python 3.8
Status: open Resolution:
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: Nosy List: asvetlov, giampaolo.rodola, neologix, taleinat, yselivanov
Priority: normal Keywords: easy, patch

Created on 2019-02-15 13:44 by giampaolo.rodola, last changed 2022-04-11 14:59 by admin.

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PR 11875 closed giampaolo.rodola, 2019-02-15 14:41
Messages (3)
msg335612 - (view) Author: Giampaolo Rodola' (giampaolo.rodola) * (Python committer) Date: 2019-02-15 13:44
socketserver.TCPServer provides the following defaults:

allow_reuse_address = False
request_queue_size = 5

Proposal is to:
* have "allow_reuse_address = True" on POSIX in order to immediately reuse previous sockets which were bound on the same address and remained in TIME_WAIT state
* have "request_queue_size = None" so that it's up to socket.listen() to choose a default reasonable value (usually 128)
msg335614 - (view) Author: Giampaolo Rodola' (giampaolo.rodola) * (Python committer) Date: 2019-02-15 14:17
Update: because "request_queue_size" is passed to server_activate() method which can be subclassed, a better default for not breaking backward compatibility is 0 (not None).
msg345058 - (view) Author: Tal Einat (taleinat) * (Python committer) Date: 2019-06-08 18:18
I'm not sure that changing the default value for "reuse address" justifies breaking backwards compatibility like this. Admittedly, I'm not an expert on networking, so perhaps there's a good reason that I'm unaware of.

As for the queue size, passing 0 to socket.listen() does seem like a more reasonable default than the rather arbitrary value of 5. Again, it's arguable whether it's worth changing this given that it has been like this for a long time, but in this case at least the potential for harm seems negligible.
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:59:11adminsetgithub: 80184
2019-06-08 18:18:49taleinatsetnosy: + taleinat
messages: + msg345058
2019-02-15 14:41:19giampaolo.rodolasetkeywords: + patch
stage: patch review
pull_requests: + pull_request11908
2019-02-15 14:17:16giampaolo.rodolasetmessages: + msg335614
2019-02-15 13:44:39giampaolo.rodolacreate