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Old 06-01-2007, 02:16 PM   #1
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decrease TIME_WAIT


I have 2 busy servers with lots of short connections per minute. Because of that when I do a netstat -antp I get lots of TIME_WAIT connections which I believe are connections that did not send the terminate signal(or how is it called).

Is there a way to decrease the TIME_WAIT time?

I am running RHEL 4 with a 2.6 kernel and Debian etch with a 2.6 kernel.

Old 06-01-2007, 06:06 PM   #2
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These settings are all controlled in /proc/sys/net/ipv4

The ones i think you will want to look at are:


Read and

(The latter is for RedHat, but should still be applicable)

Hope this helps.
Old 06-04-2007, 06:26 AM   #3
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this helped, thanks a lot
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I'm having the same problem so I made the suggested RedHat changes without any luck. I'm also running RH El4 with the 2.6 kernel. Googled the heck out of time_wait and can't find anything that works for RedHat.

Any ideas would be much appreciated.


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