[quicwg/base-drafts] Allow the Transport to Stop/Reset a Stream? (#3291)

Nick Banks <notifications@github.com> Sat, 07 December 2019 01:54 UTC

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Subject: [quicwg/base-drafts] Allow the Transport to Stop/Reset a Stream? (#3291)
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Per the current design for streams, the application MUST be the one to shutdown a stream, because the error code space for streams is purely application layer; and the QUIC transport has no knowledge of these error code, so it can't just pick one.

When writing a general purpose QUIC library, and integrating it into other general purpose libraries ([i.e. dotnet](https://github.com/dotnet/runtime/pull/427)) I constantly have to explain to non-QUIC folks that they can't just close their stream object/handle without first supplying an application layer specific error code; meaning any intermediate library needs input from the app even if some fatal error (memory allocation failure) happened along the way.

So, I've come to the point that it might be a good idea to allow for the transport layer to completely terminate a stream for it's own reason. Whether that means we add a flag to RESET_STREAM and STOP_SENDING to indicate the transport is specifying the error code, or we add a new frame entirely doesn't matter to me. It would just be a lot cleaner for general purpose libraries to be able to kill a stream when necessary, on its own (no app layer involvement).

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