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Why are TCP/IP sockets considered “open files”?

I need some assistance grasping what I'm sure is a fundamental concept in Linux: the limit for open files. Specifically, I'm confused on why open sockets can count towards the total number of "open ...
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Can close() block?

For example, if you close a pipe or socket that still has data in its write buffer that hasn't been read by the process on the other end, does close() block until the data is read or the other process ...
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Is there a file for each socket?

"Everything is a file" in the UNIX World. Above sentence is famous. When I run echo "hello programmer" >> /dev/tty1 , I can watch the given string on TeleType 1 , .... What and where is file ...
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Size of data that can be written to / read from sockets

I was wondering if there is an easy way to find the maximum size that is supported by Linux sockets? (Is this configurable? If so where?) For example, most of the socket examples found on the web ...