[erlang-questions] prim_inet:send/3 hangs with nonexisting port

Sverker Eriksson <>
Thu Sep 14 17:30:47 CEST 2017

This release note from erts-7.3.1 (OTP-18.3.1)
seems to fit your symptom:

A process communicating with a port via one of the erlang:port_* BIFs could
potentially end up in an inconsistent state if the port terminated during the
communication. When this occurred the process could later block in a receive
even though it had messages matching in its message queue.

This bug was introduced in erts version 5.10 (OTP R16A).


On 09/14/2017 04:55 PM, Salikhov Dinislam wrote:
> Hello.
> I have ejabberd based application.
> I've paid attention that some of the processes have messages in their 
> message queue and their reductions number doesn't change.
> After some investigation I've figured out that all such processes 
> waits in prim_inet:send/3 with a port passed there (each process with 
> a separate port).
> But when I've tried to find the port in erlang:ports(), there is no 
> such port in it.
> Is it a bug I stumbled upon or such situation may be possible under 
> normal operation?
> P.S. I use OTP-18.3
> Thanks in advance.
> Salikhov Dinislam
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