closesocket and linger

If the l_onoff member of the LINGER structure is zero on a stream socket, the closesocket call will return immediately and does not receive WSAEWOULDBLOCK whether the socket is blocking or nonblocking. However, any data queued for transmission will be sent, if possible, before the underlying socket is closed. This is also called a graceful disconnect or close. In this case, the Windows Sockets provider cannot release the socket and other resources for an arbitrary period, thus affecting applications that expect to use all available sockets. This is the default behavior for a socket.


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