catch gen_udp:open

Hakan Mattsson <>
Thu Nov 28 11:18:20 CET 2002

On Wed, 27 Nov 2002, Vance Shipley wrote:

Vance> After perusing the megaco source I am left with two questions in
Vance> regards to the use of catch with gen_tcp and gen_udp.  I see that 
Vance> in megaco_udp.erl the call to gen_udp:open/2 is wrapped in a catch
Vance> however I don't see that the catch return is caught at all.
Vance> Is this a mistake? 

Yes, this is a bug.

Vance> In megaco_tcp.erl the call to gen_tcp:connect/3 is wrapped in a catch
Vance> but here I see what I would expect; the case matches {'EXIT', _Reason}.
Vance> So now my second question is do I need to worry about this?  Is this
Vance> just paranoia or should I be doing the same thing?  Why would it exit?

Despite the kernel documentation, I think that bad options to gen_tcp
and gen_udp are intended to cause an exit. At least this is the
behaviour for gen_udp:open/2, while a bad option to gen_tcp:connect/3
returns an {'EXIT', Reason} tuple:

    % erl
    Erlang (BEAM) emulator version 2002.10.08 [source]
    Eshell V2002.10.08  (abort with ^G)
    1> gen_udp:open(8888, [bad]).
    ** exited: badarg **
    2> gen_tcp:connect("baidarka", 8888, [bad]).
    3> gen_tcp:connect("baidarka", 8888, really_bad).

Both megaco_tcp and megaco_udp allows the user to add arbitrary
gen_tcp/gen_udp options to the ones that megaco defaults to and we
wanted to handle all error cases uniformly. If you have a more static
usage of gen_tcp/gen_udp options you would not need to catch the
function calls.


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