TCP Socket problem

Dear all,

When I type 'netstat -a | more', there are a lot of  FIN_WAIT_2 state in HP-UX.

Can anyonre tell me how to remove all the FIN_WAIT_2 connetion?



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edolceConnect With a Mentor Commented:
There is no way to remove the socket in the FIN_WAIT_2 status.
The only way is to stop the process that generated them.

check the document, and search here for FIN_WAIT. A full explanation is given.
benson031397Author Commented:
Any other suggestion?  It seems that the above answer cannot solve the problem.

Becasue I cannot connect the site to get the script which the document mentioned.
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you can't remove a FIN_WAIT2'ing
socket.. you just have to let it time out. The length of that timeout
is tunable in the kernel, but I believe the default timeoutis 4 minutes.

benson031397Author Commented:
After several days,  The FIN_WAIT_2 is still there.
What OS are you using?

The FIN_WAIT_2 state is exited upon receipt of a FIN message from the remote side.  It should, however, timeout after a certain amount of time and advance to the TIME_WAIT state (which will also eventually timeout and advance to the CLOSED state).

So, it would appear that you locally closed a TCP connection and thus sent a FIN packet to the remote side.  The remote side ACK'd this FIN but never sent one of it's own (or it got lost).

It sounds to me like a bug in the OS, but I can't say for sure.

-- Brian
benson031397Author Commented:
The OS¡@is HP-UX
I just checked my link again .. For me it works, but you need acrobat reader before accessing it (pdf --> acrobat).

Other way to find 'the' document.
 - goto
  - hit the 'search' link
  - fill in FIN_WAIT_2
  - .. hit the result links ..

If you can't access the document
i post a copy of the interesting pages
 if you want.
Here is the relevant text from the document you need:

C.6.0 Connections stay in state FIN_WAIT_2

Over time netstat might report TCP connections left in state FIN_WAIT_2.
These are never closed and fill up the system. This is a known DCE problem
described in SR # 1653144972:

There are cases where we can get FIN_WAIT_2 connections that never go away.  We need a timer that customers can set to remove these connections.

*** FIX TEXT ***
Functionality has been added to the transport to allow customers to turn
FIN_WAIT_2 timer on. The default is OFF. Customers need a new script that
turns this timer ON and sets it to customer defined time. This functionality will be in every release or patch dated after 12/01/95.

This timer is "tcp_fin_wait_timer" and was introduced in patch PHNE_6586
(800 9.04). You also need the "unsupported" script, which is called "set_fin_time" to actually set the timer to something other than the default (no

Using the script will not clear any sockets already "stuck", only sockets created after the timer has been set.
To get the script to set the timer, contact the HP Response Center to get it from:

This script has to be called after every reboot before the ITO server processes are started. A call like:
# set_fin_time -t 1200
will cause all TCP connections in FIN_WAIT_2 state to be closed after 10

Note: The timer removing connections which are hanging in FIN_WAIT_2, breaks
RFC793. This is the reason why the timer will NOT be supported.
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