TIP 344: Bring TCP_NODELAY and SO_KEEPALIVE to socket options

Bounty program for improvements to Tcl and certain Tcl packages.
Author:		Alexandre Ferrieux <[email protected]>
State:		Draft
Type:		Project
Vote:		Pending
Created:	31-Dec-2008
Tcl-Version:	8.7


Just expose to script level, via fconfigure, the two most important setsockopt() use cases: TCP_NODELAY (disabling the Nagle agorithm) and SO_KEEPALIVE (sending automatic keepalives).

Background & Rationale

Currently, there is no way to set nodefault values to a Tcl socket's underlying socket options TCP_NODELAY and SO_KEEPALIVE. That is frustrating because all TCP stacks support setsockopt().

Of these two options, the most important I guess is TCP_NODELAY. Indeed, the Nagle algorithm being on by default may introduce unwanted latencies in some specific cases. This TIP does not try to argument about the prevalence of these cases; the ubiquity of setsockopt(TCP_NODELAY) suffices to justify exposing it to script level.

Proposed Change

This TIP proposes to add two boolean [fconfigure] options to sockets: -nodelay (or -nonagle, or -nagle, take your pick) and -keepalive.

Reference Implementation

Pretty trivial; will be provided shortly after validation. The code has even been in place for a long time, though only in the Windows-specific part, and commented/ifdef'ed out...


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