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    SubjectRe: loopback and TCP retransmit timer
       Date: Sat, 02 May 1998 19:21:45 +0200
    From: Rob van Nieuwkerk <>

    > And you're sending to port zero where nobody can listen, so the resets
    Why's that ? I've been wondering about it before.
    Do I miss something obvious ?

    It's more so by accident in all the existing implementations than
    intentional, actually it is probably because 0's have special meaning
    in many parts of ipv4 as a "wildcard" value, so this is probably where
    it comes from.

    David S. Miller

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