On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 5:47 PM, Rao Shoaib <rao.sho...@oracle.com> wrote:
> On 08/09/2017 05:30 PM, David Miller wrote:
>> From: Joe Smith <codesoldi...@gmail.com>
>> Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2017 17:20:32 -0700
>>> Making Linux conform to standards and behavior that is logical seems
>>> like a good enough reason.
>> That's an awesome attitude to have when we're implementing something
>> new and don't have the facility already.
>> But when we have something already the only important consideration is
>> not breaking existing apps which rely on that behavior.
>> That is much, much, more important than standards compliance.
>> If users are confused, just fix the documentation.
> David,
> If it was just confusion than sure fixing the documentation is fine. What if
> the logic is incorrect, does not conform to the standard that is says it is

Not sure what part of logic is "incorrect" when it was a homegrown Linux API
with no need to conform with any "standard"? Note that the new API was invented
7 years ago not out of need for RFC5482. In fact I initially call the option
TCP_FAILFAST and did not even know the existence of RFC5482 until someone
around the same time proposed a UTO option specifically for RFC5482 and I
thought the two can be combined. (This is roughly the memory I can
recollect so far.)

So you see my focus back then was to devise a "failfast" option whereas RFC5482
was meant for a "failslow" case. I think that explains why I let the
option override
keepalive so a TCP connection can "fail fast" while RFC5482 4.2 tries to prevent
keepalive failure ahead of UTO, favoring "fail slow".

If we start from a clean slate then perhaps one can argue the semantic
either way
but we do not have a clean slate. For that I still slightly favor not
changing the code
because the risk of breakage is definitely non-zero and the issue you're having
seem to be only related to documentation.


> implementing and easy to fix with little or no risk of breakage.
> The proposed patch changes a feature that no one uses. It also imposes the
> relation ship between keepalive and timeout values that is required by the
> RFC and make sense.
> You are the final authority, if you say we should just fix the documentation
> than that is fine.
> Shoaib

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