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Rüdiger Kuhlmann icq-list-oWUpAQCWC2r4 at ruediger-kuhlmann.de
Sat Nov 30 13:02:10 CET 2002

>--[Christophe Minguet (freesurf)]--<c.minguet at freesurf.fr>

> His only way to know he is disconnected seems to be to write on the
> socket ...(KEEPALIVE) 

Correct. Because if the other side considers the the connection closed, it
won't acknowledge packets sent but but refuse them (like resetting the
non-existent connection).

> I don't remember in C ... But in java you can't know a socket is closed
> on the other side when u try to read it, only way is to write in it.

Actually you can have a connection open for a long time without actually
having a connection, As long as no side actually tries to send something. So
Flap(5) is the way to go. You might even use a timer and check whether you
haven't received something for n minutes, and if not, re-send your status,
and if you then still don't receive anything (like: the status of everyone
on your contact list), the connection is somewhat ill.

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