[Greylist-users] Socket timeouts

Scott Nelson scott at spamwolf.com
Sat Aug 9 01:56:28 PDT 2003

At 09:51 PM 8/8/03 -0700, you wrote:
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>I wrote an SMTP that incorperates grey listing.  The problem I am having 
>is with socket timeouts, currently set at 2 minutes. Some "real" servers 
>are having problems sending because of the 2 minute timeout. Does anyone 
>have an idea what the socket timeout should be.
>I pulled 2 minutes out of the hat thinking that it would be generous 

IIRC, on linux, the default /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_syn_retries is 5, 
and each takes about 30 seconds to time out, 
which is about 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

This simple command;
> time telnet
will give you a very good idea what the socket connect 
timeout is on your system.

But if you're asking how long you should wait before closing
an inbound connection, RFC 2821 has some specific recommendations,
most of which are 5 minutes. 
See RFC 2821 section Timeouts, for details.

If you're the one connecting, keep in mind that many servers 
do an rDNS lookup these days, which can add as much as 3 minutes
to any other connection delays.  (If you're doing one, 
consider not doing it and just using the IP address.)

Scott Nelson <scott at spamwolf.com>

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