Re: [Patch][RFC] epoll and half closed TCP connections

Jamie Lokier (
Sun, 13 Jul 2003 15:07:58 +0100

David S. Miller wrote:
> Alexey, they seem to want to add some kind of POLLRDHUP thing,
> comments wrt. TCP and elsewhere in the networking? See below...

POLLHUP is a mess. It means different things according to the type of
fd, precisely because it is considered an unmaskeable event for the
poll() API so the standard meaning isn't useful for sockets. (See the
comments in tcp_poll()).

POLLRDHUP makes sense because it could actually have a well-defined
meaning: set iff reading the fd would return EOF.

However, if a program is waiting on POLLRDHUP, you don't want the
program to have to say "if this fd is a TCP socket then listen for
POLLRDHUP else if this fd is another kind of socket call read to
detect EOF else listen for POLLHUP". Programs have enough
version-specific special cases as it is.

So I suggest:

- Everywhere that POLLHUP is currently set in a driver, socket etc.
it should set POLLRDHUP|POLLHUP - unless it specifically knows
about POLLRDHUP as in TCP (and presumably UDP, SCTP etc).

-- Jamie
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