I have a server application that listens to a port, accepts (TCP) peer connections, and then for each socket it
It does not seem to be possible to set the minimum number of bytes available in the incoming socket buffer before
epoll_wait reports the socket ready for read.
SO_RCVLOWAT and SO_SNDLOWAT
Specify the minimum number of bytes in the buffer until the socket layer will pass the data to the protocol (SO_SNDLOWAT) or the user on receiving (SO_RCVLOWAT). These two values are initialized to 1. SO_SNDLOWAT is not changeable on Linux (setsockopt(2) fails with the error ENOPROTOOPT). SO_RCVLOWAT is changeable only since Linux 2.4. The select(2) and poll(2) system calls currently do not respect the SO_RCVLOWAT setting on Linux, and mark a socket readable when even a single byte of data is available. A subsequent read from the socket will block until SO_RCVLOWAT bytes are available.
Unless the man page is out of date.