[erlang-questions] inet_res:getbyname/2 and udp:connect/3

Per Hedeland <>
Thu Jun 17 00:33:49 CEST 2010

Tony Rogvall <> wrote:
>send is failing on subsequent send, but recv is not ???? This is strange

Erlang gen_udp:recv() is not failing.

>Do you think this behavior is documented anywhere?

'man inet_drv' maybe?

>A small C program may clear this issue for us ?

A small C program (below) works perfectly:

$ ./conn_udp
recv: Connection refused

I might point out that the "connect UDP socket in resolver code" trick
was invented in BSD code at a point in time when not much else even
*had* TCP/IP.:-)

But inet_drv is "slightly" more complex than that program...

>To get the {error, econnrefused} speed things up when trying servers
>where DNS servers may have crashed.

Yes, but it's not DNS-specific of course, it can be useful for any
UDP-based protocol.

>But in the general case, server may be down/burned, routers is
>down/corrupt, this will not help since no one will send
>the ICMP reply message on the network.

True - and add to that misconfigured firewalls that drop all ICMP
packets and there is probably not much usefulness left. Maybe just as a
way to quickly find out if you are running a local server.



#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/socket.h>
#include <netinet/in.h>
#include <arpa/inet.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdio.h>

int error(char *str)

int main()
    struct sockaddr_in addr;
    int fd;
    char buf[1];

    addr.sin_addr.s_addr = inet_addr("");
    addr.sin_family = AF_INET;
    addr.sin_port = htons(12345);
    buf[0] = 'x';
    if ((fd = socket(PF_INET, SOCK_DGRAM, 0)) < 0)
    if (connect(fd, (struct sockaddr *)&addr, sizeof(addr)) < 0)
    if (send(fd, buf, sizeof(buf), 0) < 0)
    if (recv(fd, buf, sizeof(buf), 0) < 0)

    return 0;

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