In response to "Ted Mittelstaedt" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:

> This is why the snmp protocol uses UDP, Bill.
> You need to use something other than TCP for
> monitoring.

Well ... if I'm monitoring a server that uses TCP (PostgreSQL) I can't
rightly establish whether or not it's successfully accepting connections
unless I used TCP as well.

I understand where you're coming from, but I can't see how I can use
UDP to solve my problem.

If I have to go back to management and say, "I can't get tighter
granularity than 90s" then that's what I have to do.  I'm just trying
to do my research before I make that claim.

In the long run, it's possible that I'll have to put together some sort
of client/server monitoring model that has a component on each system,
so that I have tighter control over things, but this initial version
is required "right now", so I have to make do the best I can, then come
back and improve it when there's time (probably over the next several
months).  If I were trying to make it perfect, I wouldn't have started
with PHP ;).  I'm using PHP because the development cycle is very fast.
This gets me my "quick and dirty" solution, then I can take a little
time to look into how to really do it right.  I'm just trying to
establish exactly how "dirty" it's going to be.

Thanks for the input.

> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Bill Moran" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2006 12:02 PM
> Subject: Reducing the timeout on a TCP connection
> >
> > I'm writing some monitoring scripts, and I'm having some trouble because
> > the TCP seems to wait 90 seconds before giving up on initiating a
> > connection.
> >
> > (The script is in PHP, testing a PostgreSQL database.  Neither PHP nor
> > libpq (which PHP's PostgreSQL support is based on) seem to have any
> > settings that can be used to adjust this timeout).
> >
> > If my memory of Stevens is correct, this is something that's set at the
> > OS level.  It doesn't seem as if it's a configurable value, however.
> > I guess I'm looking for confirmation on that point first.  If that's
> > the case, then I'll have to adjust my approach based on that knowledge.
> >
> > If it can be adjusted, can it be adjusted on a per-connection basis?  I
> > don't want to mess with timeouts on other sockets, _just_ this one
> > monitoring script.
> >
> > And of course, the final question: how would I adjust this setting if
> > it's possible?  If it's a sysctl, I'm missing it ...
> >
> > Suggestions?
> >
> > -- 
> > Bill Moran
> > Collaborative Fusion Inc.
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Bill Moran
Collaborative Fusion Inc.

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