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2013-02-23 »

The history of every TCP server in Unix goes something like this history of inetd:

1. inetd would just accept() immediately and fork a copy of your service (say, ftpd) every time a connection came in.

2. That went bad when you got too many connections, so they changed it to do a maximum number of forks per second or per minute (aka a "QPS limit").

3. That went bad if you had long-lived connections, so people wrote things like xinetd (or djb's tcpserver) that limit the total number of live connections and refuse to accept() until one of them finishes.  (In non-fork-based threaded services, this limit is usually implemented with a thread pool.)

Seems Go's HTTP server is still on step 1.  I would make a snarky comment about what year that's from, but I actually don't know, because inetd already did step 2 when I started using Unix in 1993.

Step 3 (xinetd) is way more recent, I think maybe 1996 or so.  So Go's way of doing it isn't that obsolete really.  Only 17 years.

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