[erlang-questions] UDP client/server performance

Ronny Meeus <>
Tue Aug 14 22:10:57 CEST 2012


thanks for the info.
I'm currently playing with the procket and it is working well.

I have 2 questions:

- I need to run the erl as root (or use sudo to start it) or I get:

2> {ok, FD} = procket:open(53, [{protocol, udp},{type, dgram},{family, inet}]).
** exception error: no match of right hand side value {error,eperm}

- How do I use recvfrom/4 in the server? If I call recvfrom/4 when
there is no message present in the socket, it returns an error since
the socket is put in async mode. Does this mean that the socket needs
to be polled by the Erlang process or is it possible to get a
notification (msg) when there is data present in the socket so that
the recvfrom/4 can be called at that moment?


On Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM, Michael Santos
<> wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 08:25:23AM +0200, Ronny Meeus wrote:
>> Is there any code available that implements a NIF to have access to UDP sockets?
>> I have found the procket implementation but it looks like it is using
>> a separate process to communicate with the socket. This sounds like
>> overkill to me for this test.
> You can get the socket directly using procket:socket/3. See
> procket:sendto/4 and procket:recvfrom/4 as well for retrieving the
> struct sockaddr for the peer.
> -module(udp_srv).
> -export([s/0]).
> -define(UINT16(N), N:2/native-unsigned-integer-unit:8).
> -define(PF_INET, 2).
> -define(PORT, 6001).
> s() ->
>     {ok,FD} = procket:socket(inet, dgram, 0),
>     % sockaddr for Linux
>     Sockaddr = <<?UINT16(?PF_INET), ?PORT:16, 0:32, 0:64>>,
>     ok = procket:bind(FD, Sockaddr),
>     Ref = erlang:open_port({fd, FD, FD}, [stream, binary]),
>     loop(Ref).
> loop(Ref) ->
>     receive
>         {Ref,{data,Data}} ->
>             error_logger:info_report(Data),
>             loop(Ref)
>     end.

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