bufio readbytes buffer size

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I am trying to understand the behavior of bufio ReadBytes when it receives large packets. I am running a simple Golang TCP server on eth0 of a unix machine with MTU=9001. The client is a separate machine (not directly connected to the server) is running a python client program on eth0 with MTU=1500. My client python program is trying to send some large sized packets, which gets fragmented in the client machine as expected, and is sent out in IP packets with max TCP MSS=1440. Uptil this, all is good. The packets arrive on the server machine, and I would expect the server machine to reassemble the packet at OSI Layer4. So, to my understanding, my Golang socket buffer should get 1 large size packet (already reassembled). My Golang server program using bufio.ReadBytes('\x04') to read till EOT character in the message. My client program explicitly adds an EOT character to the end of each packet's payload.

In the server, I see packets being received with inconsistent sizes. Per the official documentation of ReadBytes(), it should read all data in the input buffer until the 'delim' character is read in. I am not able to understand the max. buffer capacity in the bufio package used for reader objects, and would appreciate any help from anyone.

My client program snippet:

while True:
    l = random.randint(1400, 10000)
    data=("t"*l + '\x04').encode()
        if sock.send(data)==0:
            print("Server closed connection")
            print("Data send done. Intended length=", l, " bytes")
       print ("Exception when sending data. Trace=" + traceback.format_exc())

Server program snippet:

reader := bufio.NewReader(conn)
readbuf := make([]byte, 1500)
err := io.EOF
for sockConnected {
    conn.SetReadDeadline(time.Now().Add(10 * time.Millisecond))
    readbuf, err = reader.ReadBytes('\x04')
    switch {
    case err == io.EOF || err == io.ErrUnexpectedEOF:
        log.Println("Socket closed. EOF / ErrUnexpectedEOF read in")
        sockConnected = false
    case err == nil:
        //log.Println("No error on read")
    case strings.HasSuffix(err.Error(), "i/o timeout"):
        //log.Println("Timed out read")
        log.Println("Some other error occurred.Reason=" + err.Error())
    if len(readbuf) == 0 {
    } else {
        //log.Printf("Received from client=%v", string(readbuf))
        log.Printf("Recvd Bytes count=%v", len(readbuf))

One sample packet sent from the client to the server:

  1. from the client :

    Data send done. Intended length= 8267 bytes

    => 8268 bytes including trailing EOT char.

  2. on the server :

    2017/11/08 21:55:42.551604 Recvd Bytes count=1440

    2017/11/08 21:55:42.561897 Recvd Bytes count=4096

    2017/11/08 21:55:42.569405 Recvd Bytes count=2732

    => 3 different ReadBytes() got triggered to consume 8268 bytes.

    => the first and second calls returned different sizes of data. I was hoping them to be the same, if there was 1 single constant buffer being used as the input buffer for bufio.

Any help here please ?

Автор: AnirbanMukherjee Источник Размещён: 08.11.2017 10:34

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The amount of data read by the ReadBytes method is not limited by the size of the bufio.Reader's read buffer.

The problem is not with buffering, but with i/o timeouts. The ReadBytes function reads until the delimiter is found or read on the underlying io.Reader returns an error. In the example given in the question, ReadBytes returned twice with i/o timeout errors before reading the entire message:

  read 1440 bytes
  timeout on read to underlying io.Reader, return error
  read 4096 bytes
  timeout on read to underlying i.Reader, return error
  read 2732 bytes to EOT
  return success

Fix the problem by increasing or eliminating the read deadline. For example:


Here's a simpler version of the server application that works as expected. The read deadline is removed in this example.

func main() {
    ln, err := net.Listen("tcp", ":8080")
    if err != nil {
    conn, err := ln.Accept()
    if err != nil {
    reader := bufio.NewReader(conn)
    for {
        buf, err := reader.ReadBytes('\x04')
        if err != nil {
        log.Printf("Received %d bytes\n", len(buf))
Автор: Cerise Limón Размещён: 09.11.2017 01:33
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