On Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 8:55 PM, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us> wrote:
> In general, sockets sitting a long time in TIME_WAIT would be a network
> problem. That state means the user process already closed the socket
> and the network stack is waiting for the other end to acknowledge
> connection closure.
I think you're describing FIN_WAIT. TIME_WAIT is after the finack has
been sent and the connection is well and truly dead. The same
host/port pair can't be reused for 2*msl in case the finack needs to
be resent or a duplicate fin arrives.
Normally the server uses SO_LINGER and skips TIME_WAIT so it can
listen on the same port immediately and accept more connections. So
only the client enters TIME_WAIT and its for some random high-numbered
port that the OS won't hand out until it expires.
If you're seeing the postgres *server* with sockets in TIME_WAIT state
for port 5432 or whatever your postgres port is then I think that's a
bug and you should report it in more detail. please send the output of
netstat -an or whatever data you have showing the problem.
If you're seeing the web server's outgoing ports in TIME_WAIT state
then I think that's normal and shouldn't be causing you problems.
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