[erlang-questions] Resisting "noconnection" / Remote termination of nodes

Felix Lange <>
Wed Apr 25 14:20:49 CEST 2012


Hi,

I'd suggest using net_kernel:monitor_nodes/1 for this purpose.

Example:

shutdown(Nodes) ->
     spawn_link(fun () ->
                        net_kernel:monitor_nodes(true),
                        lists:foreach(fun (Node) -> rpc:cast(Node, erlang,  
halt, []) end, Nodes),
                        wait_dead(Nodes)
                end).

wait_dead([]) ->
     ok;
wait_dead([Node | Rest]) ->
     receive
     	{nodedown, Node, _} ->
             wait_dead(Rest)
     after
         10000 ->
             error_logger:error_report([{shutdown_timeout, Node}]),
             wait_dead(Rest)
     end.

On Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:52:18 +0200, Olivier BOUDEVILLE  
<> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> For a more controlled overall termination of a distributed application, I
> try to shutdown synchronously a series of nodes, as properly and as in
> parallel as possible, in a non-OTP program. I imagine that using '[
> rpc:cast( N, erlang, halt, [] ) || N <- MyTargetNodes ]' and then waiting
> for them to be terminated is the best approach for that.
>
> As I want now these terminations to be synchronous (i.e. I want my
> terminate function to return only when all nodes are down for sure), I
> used to rely on checking their termination using net_adm:ping/1 (waiting
> for pong to become pang), but kept on getting (systematically)
> 'noconnection' errors (exceptions?), which do not seem to be catchable  
> (at
> least not with a 'try .. catch T:E ->.. end' clause). This happens as  
> soon
> as there is at least one node (which happens to be on the same host - of
> course it is not the local node from which that rpc:cast is triggered) to
> halt.
>
> I switched to looping on 'lists:member( Nodename, nodes() )' instead of
> ping (in both case with a proper waiting between checks), but I still get
> 'noconnection' errors. It looks like 'noconnection' is VM-level? As
> expected, commenting-out the rpc:cast/3 never leads to 'noconnection'.
>
> I feel I would need something like net_kernel:unconnect_node/1.
>
> My question now: how to deal gracefully with such a synchronous node
> shutdown and to resist to the (intended) loss of node(s)?
>
> Thanks in advance for any hint!
> Best regards,
>
> Olivier.
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