I have developed a server application that can accept one connection at a time. One of the server options is that the client can request to chat with the server.If this is the case, the the server opens a chat window which uses another class 'chatserver' in order to wait for and accept connection. However, i found out that if the user on the server closes the ChatGui of the server (maybe because they finished chatting) and they reopen it after about 4 minutes a bind exception will be thrown. After testing i found out that the Gui is disposed but the serversocket still waits and accepts connections while another gui opens and tries to bind the same port. i have a cleanup method that closes I/O streams and closes the serversocket and socket objects as well. Does anyone have anyidea how to force the server socket release the specific port? Thank you in advance.
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