Author: Alexandre Ferrieux <firstname.lastname@example.org> State: Draft Type: Project Vote: Pending Created: 31-Dec-2008 Post-History: 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.
This TIP proposes to add two boolean [fconfigure] options to sockets: -nodelay (or -nonagle, or -nagle, take your pick) and -keepalive.
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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