[erlang-questions] Concurrent requests with ibrowse

steve ellis steve.e.123@REDACTED
Sat Feb 14 05:04:41 CET 2009

We're trying to build an app that uses ibrowse to make concurrent requests.
We are not able to get more than a few concurrent requests at a time to
return successfully. We repeatedly get "conn_failed" (when we know the sites
are available). It seems like we are running out of sockets when we loop
through our list of URLs.

Here's how it happens. We start ibrowse and run our test code. The first
loop of about 60 requests so goes fine. A few seconds later, a second loop
returns fewer; the third loop fewer still. The more requests we make, the
fewer successful requests we have.

Others appear to have had this problem (see
http://www.trapexit.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=44231). We've tried tweaking
the settings of two machines with different distros (openSUSE 10.3 and
Fedora Core 4). After making the adjustments on each machine, csh limit says
we have 30000 descriptors (set through a modification we made to
/etc/security/limits.conf. The /etc/sysctl.conf file has the following

net.ipv4.conf.all.rp_filter = 1
#net.ipv6.conf.all.forwarding = 1
fs.inotify.max_user_watches = 65536
net.core.rmem_max = 16777216
net.core.wmem_max = 16777216
net.ipv4.tcp_rmem = 4096 87380 16777216
net.ipv4.tcp_wmem = 4096 65536 16777216
net.ipv4.tcp_syncookies = 1
net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range = 1024 4999
net.ipv4.tcp_mem = 50576   64768   98152
net.core.netdev_max_backlog = 2500
kern.maxfiles = 25000
kern.maxfilesperproc = 20000

We'd be happy if we could get a few thousand requests to return
successfully. What are we doing wrong?

Here is one way we have tried invoking ibrowse (probably the simplest).

-export([run/0,  send_reqs/0, do_send_req/1]).

run() ->
    proc_lib:spawn(?MODULE, send_reqs, []).

some_urls() ->
%% and so on...
send_reqs() ->

spawn_workers(Urls) ->
    lists:foreach(fun do_spawn/1, Urls).

do_spawn(Url) ->
    proc_lib:spawn_link(?MODULE, do_send_req, [Url]).

do_send_req(Url) ->
    Result = (catch ibrowse:send_req(Url, [], get, [], [], 10000)),
    case Result of
        {ok, SCode, _H, _B} ->
            io:format("~p ~p~n", [Url, SCode]);
        Err ->
            io:format("~p~p~n", [Url, Err])

Here are some references that have helped us get this far (which
unfortunately isn't that far at all). :)

Sockets/File Descriptors


Any help will be much appreciated!

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