listen(2)



LISTEN(2)                  Linux Programmer's Manual                 LISTEN(2)

NAME
       listen - listen for connections on a socket

SYNOPSIS
       #include <sys/types.h>          /* See NOTES */
       #include <sys/socket.h>

       int listen(int sockfd, int backlog);

DESCRIPTION
       listen()  marks  the  socket referred to by sockfd as a passive socket,
       that is, as a socket that will be used to  accept  incoming  connection
       requests using accept(2).

       The  sockfd  argument  is  a file descriptor that refers to a socket of
       type SOCK_STREAM or SOCK_SEQPACKET.

       The backlog argument defines the maximum length to which the  queue  of
       pending  connections  for sockfd may grow.  If a connection request ar-
       rives when the queue is full, the client may receive an error  with  an
       indication  of ECONNREFUSED or, if the underlying protocol supports re-
       transmission, the request may be ignored so that a later  reattempt  at
       connection succeeds.

RETURN VALUE
       On  success,  zero is returned.  On error, -1 is returned, and errno is
       set appropriately.

ERRORS
       EADDRINUSE
              Another socket is already listening on the same port.

       EADDRINUSE
              (Internet domain sockets) The socket referred to by  sockfd  had
              not  previously been bound to an address and, upon attempting to
              bind it to an ephemeral port, it was determined  that  all  port
              numbers  in  the ephemeral port range are currently in use.  See
              the  discussion  of  /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_local_port_range   in
              ip(7).

       EBADF  The argument sockfd is not a valid file descriptor.

       ENOTSOCK
              The file descriptor sockfd does not refer to a socket.

       EOPNOTSUPP
              The  socket  is  not of a type that supports the listen() opera-
              tion.

CONFORMING TO
       POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008, 4.4BSD (listen() first appeared in 4.2BSD).

NOTES
       To accept connections, the following steps are performed:

           1.  A socket is created with socket(2).

           2.  The socket is bound to a local address using bind(2),  so  that
               other sockets may be connect(2)ed to it.

           3.  A  willingness to accept incoming connections and a queue limit
               for incoming connections are specified with listen().

           4.  Connections are accepted with accept(2).

       POSIX.1 does not require  the  inclusion  of  <sys/types.h>,  and  this
       header  file  is not required on Linux.  However, some historical (BSD)
       implementations required this header file,  and  portable  applications
       are probably wise to include it.

       The  behavior of the backlog argument on TCP sockets changed with Linux
       2.2.  Now it specifies the  queue  length  for  completely  established
       sockets  waiting  to  be  accepted, instead of the number of incomplete
       connection requests.  The maximum length of the  queue  for  incomplete
       sockets  can be set using /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_max_syn_backlog.  When
       syncookies are enabled there is no logical maximum length and this set-
       ting is ignored.  See tcp(7) for more information.

       If    the   backlog   argument   is   greater   than   the   value   in
       /proc/sys/net/core/somaxconn, then it is  silently  truncated  to  that
       value;  the  default  value  in  this  file  is 128.  In kernels before
       2.4.25, this limit was a hard coded value, SOMAXCONN,  with  the  value
       128.

EXAMPLE
       See bind(2).

SEE ALSO
       accept(2), bind(2), connect(2), socket(2), socket(7)

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