Connection reset by peer (ssh)
dillon at apollo.backplane.com
Thu Dec 9 20:36:16 PST 2010
:I sshed into dogla (the DFly laptop) as both myself and root, ran Firefox as
:myself, and did various other things. I just found that the connection as
:root is still up, but the one as me is not. It left this message:
:-bash-3.2$ Read from remote host dogla: Connection reset by peer
:Connection to dogla closed.
:What causes this?
If one side of a connection thinks the connection has failed and
closes it and the other side does not and is idle, then later on
when network connectivity is restored if the other side tries to
send something the first side will go 'say what?' and send a RST.
This case also occurs quite often with idle tcp connections over
NATted network links. NAT will timeout an idle tcp connection
after a period of time (depends on the NAT implementation, which
is typically part of your cable/dsl modem or wireless router).
This can be solved by forcing TCP keepalives to occur much more often
than they normally do by setting sysctl net.inet.tcp.keepidle
to 75000 (75 seconds) instead of 7200000 (2 hours). The cost of
course is more traffic over your network link.
<dillon at backplane.com>
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