Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net> writes:
> However, libpq doesn't do that. Instead, it leaves the connection open
> and returns CONNECTION_BAD to the client. The client would then
> presumably call something like PQfinish(), which sends a Terminate message
> and closes the connection. This happened to not confuse the <=7.1
> postmasters because they were waiting for 4 bytes and treated the early
> connection close appropriately.
Good point. Probably, PQfinish should only send the X message if the
connection has gotten past the authentication stage. A separate but
also useful change would be to do immediate socket close on detecting
auth failure, before returning to the client application.
> On this occasion let me also point out that
> pqPuts("X", conn);
> is not the way to send a single byte 'X' to the server.
Huh? Oh, the trailing null byte. You're right, it should be
pqPutnchar("X", 1, conn);
> So I figured I would sneak in a check for connection close before reading
> the authentication response in the server, but since the frontends seems
> to be doing what they want I don't really know what to check for.
Seems reasonable, with the understanding that we'll still generate the
silly log messages when talking to an old client. However...
> Btw., is recv(sock, x, 1, MSG_PEEK) == 0 an appropriate way to check for a
> closed connection without reading anything?
Seems a little risky as far as portability goes; is MSG_PEEK supported
on BeOS, Darwin, Cygwin, etc? Might be better to fix the backend libpq
routines to understand whether a connection-close event is expected or
not, and only emit a complaint to the log when it's not. Not sure how
far such a change would need to propagate though...
regards, tom lane
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