Re: Socket CLOSE_WAIT state for a long time (days)

From: Martijn van Oosterhout
Date: Thu Apr 14 2005 - 20:24:22 EST

On Thu, Apr 14, 2005 at 04:05:18PM -0300, lucianolnx wrote:
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> Do someone could explain someting about socket that keeps its CLOSE_WAIT
> state for a long time (like as 5 days or more) ?
> We have a process (deamon) that keeps running all the time, and sometimes
> uses a connection with a DBMS (Oracle database) to store some data in the
> database. But, this DBMS is configured to close idle connetions after 30
> minutes.
> On the next time that the deamon try to use de DBMS connection, this
> conneciton obviously is closed/invalid, and then it use a ODBC API to
> re-open the connection, and so on.

At a guess, a program is neglecting to close the filescriptors. Use
lsof to find out if someone still has an open socket somewhere. I
actually ran into something similar when a process forked a child with
the FD but didn't know about it. The parent had closed it but the child
still contained a reference.

Hope this helps,
Martijn van Oosterhout <kleptog@xxxxxxxxx>
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> else to do the other 95% so you can sue them.

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