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SubjectRe: Client receives TCP packets but does not ACK
>  > Btw: can the aplication somehow ask the tcp/ip stack what was 
>actualy acked?
>> (ie. how many bytes were acked).
>
>no, but it's not necessarily a useful number anyhow -- because it's
>possible that the remote end ACKd bytes but the ACK never arrives. so you
>can get into a situation where the remote application has the entire
>message but the local application doesn't know. the only way to solve
>this is above the TCP layer. (message duplicate elimination using an
>unique id.)

No, because if the ACK doesn't reach the sending machine, the sender
will retry the data until it does get an ACK. So the sender always
has information about some amount of data which is guaranteed to have
arrived at the other end. The receiver might know about this sooner,
but that's simply a function of network latency.

The fundamental problem, if I understand right, is that some stacks
allow packets indicating closing of a connection (FIN) to arrive
before the actual data at the end of the connection does. The only
workaround I can think of for this is for the closing stack to wait
until all sent data has been ACKed before sending the FIN. The ACK
may, of course, never arrive, but that's what round-trip timeouts are
for.
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