java::net::SocketOptions Class Reference

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Detailed Description

Interface of methods to get/set socket options.

This interface is implemented by: SocketImpl and DatagramSocketImpl. Subclasses of these should override the methods of this interface in order to support their own options.

The methods and constants which specify options in this interface are for implementation only. If you're not subclassing SocketImpl or DatagramSocketImpl, you won't use these directly. There are type-safe methods to get/set each of these options in Socket, ServerSocket, DatagramSocket and MulticastSocket.

1.28, 12/03/01 Yuh-Jye Chang
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Public Types

  JTCP_NODELAY = 0x0001, JIP_TOS = 0x0003, JSO_REUSEADDR = 0x0004, JSO_BINDADDR = 0x000F,
  JSO_LINGER = 0x0080, JSO_SNDBUF = 0x1001, JSO_RCVBUF = 0x1002, JSO_OOBINLINE = 0x1003,
  JSO_TIMEOUT = 0x1006, JSO_KEEPALIVE = 0x0008

Public Member Functions

virtual void setOption (jint optID, const ObjectRef &value)=0
 Enable/disable the option specified by optID.
virtual ObjectRef getOption (jint optID) const =0
 Fetch the value of an option.

Member Enumeration Documentation

enum java::net::SocketOptions::SOCKET_OPTIONS_ID

JTCP_NODELAY  Disable Nagle's algorithm for this connection.

Written data to the network is not buffered pending acknowledgement of previously written data.

Valid for TCP only: SocketImpl.

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JIP_TOS  This option sets the type-of-service or traffic class field in the IP header for a TCP or UDP socket.


This is used only for MulticastSockets in java, and it is set by default for MulticastSockets.

Valid for: DatagramSocketImpl

JSO_BINDADDR  Fetch the local address binding of a socket (this option cannot be "set" only "gotten", since sockets are bound at creation time, and so the locally bound address cannot be changed).

The default local address of a socket is INADDR_ANY, meaning any local address on a multi-homed host. A multi-homed host can use this option to accept connections to only one of its addresses (in the case of a ServerSocket or DatagramSocket), or to specify its return address to the peer (for a Socket or DatagramSocket). The parameter of this option is an InetAddress.

This option must be specified in the constructor.

Valid for: SocketImpl, DatagramSocketImpl

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JIP_MULTICAST_IF  Set which outgoing interface on which to send multicast packets.

Useful on hosts with multiple network interfaces, where applications want to use other than the system default. Takes/returns an InetAddress.

Valid for Multicast: DatagramSocketImpl

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JIP_MULTICAST_LOOP  This option enables or disables local loopback of multicast datagrams.

This option is enabled by default for Multicast Sockets.

JIP_MULTICAST_IF2  Same as above.

This option is introduced so that the behaviour with IP_MULTICAST_IF will be kept the same as before, while this new option can support setting outgoing interfaces with either IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.

NOTE: make sure there is no conflict with this

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This option enables and disables the ability of the process to send broadcast messages. It is supported for only datagram sockets and only on networks that support the concept of a broadcast message (e.g. Ethernet, token ring, etc.), and it is set by default for DatagramSockets.

JSO_LINGER  Specify a linger-on-close timeout.

This option disables/enables immediate return from a close() of a TCP Socket. Enabling this option with a non-zero Integer timeout means that a close() will block pending the transmission and acknowledgement of all data written to the peer, at which point the socket is closed gracefully. Upon reaching the linger timeout, the socket is closed forcefully, with a TCP RST. Enabling the option with a timeout of zero does a forceful close immediately. If the specified timeout value exceeds 65,535 it will be reduced to 65,535.

Valid only for TCP: SocketImpl

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JSO_SNDBUF  Set a hint the size of the underlying buffers used by the platform for outgoing network I/O.

When used in set, this is a suggestion to the kernel from the application about the size of buffers to use for the data to be sent over the socket. When used in get, this must return the size of the buffer actually used by the platform when sending out data on this socket.

Valid for all sockets: SocketImpl, DatagramSocketImpl

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JSO_RCVBUF  Set a hint the size of the underlying buffers used by the platform for incoming network I/O.

When used in set, this is a suggestion to the kernel from the application about the size of buffers to use for the data to be received over the socket. When used in get, this must return the size of the buffer actually used by the platform when receiving in data on this socket.

Valid for all sockets: SocketImpl, DatagramSocketImpl

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JSO_OOBINLINE  When the OOBINLINE option is set, any TCP urgent data received on the socket will be received through the socket input stream.

When the option is disabled (which is the default) urgent data is silently discarded.

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JSO_TIMEOUT  Set a timeout on blocking Socket operations:.


The option must be set prior to entering a blocking operation to take effect. If the timeout expires and the operation would continue to block, is raised. The Socket is not closed in this case.

Valid for all sockets: SocketImpl, DatagramSocketImpl

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JSO_KEEPALIVE  When the keepalive option is set for a TCP socket and no data has been exchanged across the socket in either direction for 2 hours (NOTE: the actual value is implementation dependent), TCP automatically sends a keepalive probe to the peer.

This probe is a TCP segment to which the peer must respond. One of three responses is expected: 1. The peer responds with the expected ACK. The application is not notified (since everything is OK). TCP will send another probe following another 2 hours of inactivity. 2. The peer responds with an RST, which tells the local TCP that the peer host has crashed and rebooted. The socket is closed. 3. There is no response from the peer. The socket is closed.

The purpose of this option is to detect if the peer host crashes.

Valid only for TCP socket: SocketImpl

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Member Function Documentation

virtual void java::net::SocketOptions::setOption ( jint  optID,
const ObjectRef value 
) [pure virtual]

Enable/disable the option specified by optID.

If the option is to be enabled, and it takes an option-specific "value", this is passed in value. The actual type of value is option-specific, and it is an error to pass something that isn't of the expected type:

 SocketImpl s;
 s.setOption(SO_LINGER, new Integer(10));
    // OK - set SO_LINGER w/ timeout of 10 sec.
 s.setOption(SO_LINGER, new Double(10));
    // ERROR - expects java.lang.Integer
If the requested option is binary, it can be set using this method by a java.lang.Boolean:
 s.setOption(TCP_NODELAY, new Boolean(true));
    // OK - enables TCP_NODELAY, a binary option

Any option can be disabled using this method with a Boolean(false):
 s.setOption(TCP_NODELAY, new Boolean(false));
    // OK - disables TCP_NODELAY
 s.setOption(SO_LINGER, new Boolean(false));
    // OK - disables SO_LINGER

For an option that has a notion of on and off, and requires a non-boolean parameter, setting its value to anything other than Boolean(false) implicitly enables it.
Throws SocketException if the option is unrecognized, the socket is closed, or some low-level error occurred
optID identifies the option
value the parameter of the socket option
SocketException if the option is unrecognized, the socket is closed, or some low-level error occurred
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Implemented in java::net::PlainSocketImpl.

virtual ObjectRef java::net::SocketOptions::getOption ( jint  optID  )  const [pure virtual]

Fetch the value of an option.

Binary options will return java.lang.Boolean(true) if enabled, java.lang.Boolean(false) if disabled, e.g.:

 SocketImpl s;
 Boolean noDelay = (Boolean)(s.getOption(TCP_NODELAY));
 if (noDelay.booleanValue()) {
     // true if TCP_NODELAY is enabled...

For options that take a particular type as a parameter, getOption(int) will return the paramter's value, else it will return java.lang.Boolean(false):

 Object o = s.getOption(SO_LINGER);
 if (o instanceof Integer) {
     System.out.print("Linger time is " + ((Integer)o).intValue());
 } else {
   // the true type of o is java.lang.Boolean(false);

optID an int identifying the option to fetch
the value of the option
SocketException if the socket is closed
SocketException if optID is unknown along the protocol stack (including the SocketImpl)
See also:
setOption(int, java.lang.Object)

Implemented in java::net::PlainSocketImpl.

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