Erlang socket client

Sean Hinde sean.hinde@REDACTED
Tue May 31 22:50:27 CEST 2005

On 31 May 2005, at 20:56, tty@REDACTED wrote:

> Hello,
> I have a remote server (not in Erlang) controlling a hardware  
> device. This server takes plain text commands and echo the command  
> and device responses back. I can connect to it using a simple  
> telnet and interact with the hardware.
> However when I tried writting an Erlang client all I receive is the  
> echoed command. Even if my client is set to {active, false} and I  
> do the gen_tcp:recv myself I do not obtain the device response.
> Does anyone have a sample Erlang telnet client or have ideas on how  
> I can go about interacting with this server.

This should work. Erlang is pretty good at networking :)

Are you sure that you are receiving everything - maybe another recv  
after the echo is received is in order.

Alternatively, and this is my usual preference, you could use  
{active, true}, or {active, once} if you are concerned about being  
flooded. This fits very nicely into the erlang non-blocking process  

> Environment:
> Server is a Python 2.4 server on Windows interacting with a serial  
> modem.
> Erlang client on a Linux box. BEAM 5.4.4.
> I'll even consider Erlang interacting with the device directly if  
> need be.

There is a serial client (sl) in the jungerl project on sourceforge,  
so if you get the Erlang bug and want to re-write the Python part  
then the tools are there.


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