[erlang-questions] Decoding Erlang Messages Sent Over TCP With EI

John Koenig <>
Sun Jan 2 22:04:57 CET 2011

I have just retried calling ei_decode_version before decode_tuple_header, and it returns -1.  

Below is the output from gdb when I display the contents of the message buffer:

(gdb) p/x *
$3 = {0x70, 0x83, 0x68, 0x4, 0x61, 0x6, 0x67, 0x64, 0x0, 0xb, 0x65, 0x72, 0x6c, 0x79, 0x40, 0x73, 0x68, 0x61, 0x64, 0x6f, 0x77, 0x0, 0x0, 0x0, 0x25, 0x0, 0x0, 0x0, 0x0, 0x3, 0x64, 0x0, 0x0, 0x64, 0x0, 0x3, 0x61, 0x6e, 0x79, 0x83, 0x68, 0x3, 0x64, 0x0, 0x6, 0x74, 0x75, 0x70, 0x6c, 0x65, 0x30, 0x64, 0x0, 0x6, 0x74, 0x75, 0x70, 0x6c, 0x65, 0x31, 0x6a}

(gdb) p *
$4 = "p�h\004a\006gd\000\\000\000\000%\000\000\000\000\003d\000\000d\000\003any�h\003d\000\006tuple0d\000\006tuple1j"

I can see portions of the original message in there...so at least I have that going for me... :S


On Jan 2, 2011, at 2:46 PM, Steve Vinoski wrote:

> On Sun, Jan 2, 2011 at 3:05 PM, John Koenig <> wrote:
>> Code is attached.
>> What you have said so far has brought me close of identifying the problem.  Up until now I
>> have assumed that ei_decode_tuple_header would scan me ahead to the proper location, but I
>> starting to think I was wrong to do so.  Especially after looking at the received data more
>> closely in gdb.
>> How does one know the proper offset from which to start decoding the actual message?
> You start at offset 0 and the decode functions update the "index"
> variable you pass to them.
> Are you getting a version number on your message? You probably have to
> call ei_decode_version first to take the version number off the
> message. After that, I think the rest of your code will work.
> --steve

More information about the erlang-questions mailing list