[network] `setSocketOption' fails with `Linger' option

Valery V. Vorotyntsev valery.vv at gmail.com
Mon Nov 30 09:49:13 EST 2009

See http://is.gd/57Ptu (Network.Socket.setSocketOption).

`setSocketOption' uses FFI binding to setsockopt(2), named

> foreign import CALLCONV unsafe "setsockopt"
>   c_setsockopt :: CInt -> CInt -> CInt -> Ptr CInt -> CInt -> IO CInt

The binding treats OPTVAL (4th argument) as a pointer to `int'. This
is mostly fine but not when `SO_LINGER' option is being set. In the
latter case OPTVAL must be a pointer to `struct linger'. [1]

  [1] http://www.gnu.org/s/libc/manual/html_node/Socket_002dLevel-Options.html

Haskell programs trying to set SO_LINGER socket option will
successfully compile but fail in runtime.

    $ runhaskell socket-linger.hs || echo X
    $ runhaskell -DLINGER socket-linger.hs || echo X
    socket-linger.hs: setSocketOption: invalid argument (Invalid argument)

    $ gcc -g -Wall -W -o /tmp/1 socket-linger.c && /tmp/1 || echo X
    $ gcc -g -DLINGER_AS_INT -Wall -W -o /tmp/1 socket-linger.c &&
/tmp/1 || echo X
    setsockopt: Invalid argument

(See attached files `socket-linger.c', `socket-linger.hs'.)

The necessity of `SO_LINGER' option is controversial (see [2]).
I think it is better to comment the `Linger' constructor out of

  [2] http://www.developerweb.net/forum/archive/index.php/t-2982.html


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