MirBSD manpage: tcp(4)

TCP(4)                     BSD Programmer's Manual                      TCP(4)


     tcp - Internet Transmission Control Protocol


     #include <sys/socket.h>
     #include <netinet/in.h>

     socket(AF_INET, SOCK_STREAM, 0);

     socket(AF_INET6, SOCK_STREAM, 0);


     The TCP protocol provides a reliable, flow-controlled, two-way transmis-
     sion of data. It is a byte-stream protocol used to support the
     SOCK_STREAM abstraction. TCP uses the standard Internet address format
     and, in addition, provides a per-host collection of "port addresses".
     Thus, each address is composed of an Internet address specifying the host
     and network, with a specific TCP port on the host identifying the peer

     Sockets utilizing the TCP protocol are either "active" or "passive". Ac-
     tive sockets initiate connections to passive sockets. By default TCP
     sockets are created active; to create a passive socket the listen(2) sys-
     tem call must be used after binding the socket with the bind(2) system
     call. Only passive sockets may use the accept(2) call to accept incoming
     connections. Only active sockets may use the connect(2) call to initiate

     Passive sockets may "underspecify" their location to match incoming con-
     nection requests from multiple networks. This technique, termed "wildcard
     addressing", allows a single server to provide service to clients on mul-
     tiple networks. To create a socket which listens on all networks, the In-
     ternet address INADDR_ANY must be bound. The TCP port may still be speci-
     fied at this time; if the port is not specified the system will assign
     one. Once a connection has been established the socket's address is fixed
     by the peer entity's location. The address assigned to the socket is the
     address associated with the network interface through which packets are
     being transmitted and received. Normally this address corresponds to the
     peer entity's network.

     TCP supports several socket options which are set with setsockopt(2) and
     tested with getsockopt(2).

     Under most circumstances, TCP sends data when it is presented; when out-
     standing data has not yet been acknowledged, it gathers small amounts of
     output to be sent in a single packet once an acknowledgement is received.
     For a small number of clients, such as window systems that send a stream
     of mouse events which receive no replies, this packetization may cause
     significant delays. Therefore, TCP provides a boolean option, TCP_NODELAY
     (from <netinet/tcp.h>), to defeat this algorithm.

     Set the maximum segment size for this connection. The maximum segment
     size can only be lowered.

     Use selective acknowledgements for this connection. See options(4).

     Use TCP MD5 signatures per RFC 2385. This requires Security Associations
     to be set up, which can be done using ipsecadm(8). When a listening sock-
     et has TCP_MD5SIG set, it accepts connections with MD5 signatures only
     from sources for which a Security Association is set up. Connections
     without MD5 signatures are only accepted from sources for which no
     Security Association is set up. The connected socket only has TCP_MD5SIG
     set if the connection is protected with MD5 signatures.

     The option level for the setsockopt(2) call is the protocol number for
     TCP, available from getprotobyname(3).

     Options at the IP transport level may be used with TCP; see ip(4) or
     ip6(4). Incoming connection requests that are source-routed are noted,
     and the reverse source route is used in responding.


     A socket operation may fail with one of the following errors returned:

     [EISCONN]        when trying to establish a connection on a socket which
                      already has one;

     [ENOBUFS]        when the system runs out of memory for an internal data

     [ETIMEDOUT]      when a connection was dropped due to excessive re-

     [ECONNRESET]     when the remote peer forces the connection to be closed;

     [ECONNREFUSED]   when the remote peer actively refuses connection estab-
                      lishment (usually because no process is listening to the

     [EADDRINUSE]     when an attempt is made to create a socket with a port
                      which has already been allocated;

     [EADDRNOTAVAIL]  when an attempt is made to create a socket with a net-
                      work address for which no network interface exists.


     getsockopt(2), socket(2), inet(4), inet6(4), ip(4), ip6(4), netintro(4),


     The tcp protocol stack appeared in 4.2BSD.

MirBSD #10-current               June 5, 1993                                1

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