Find UDP Port Number

Justin <>
Thu, 9 Apr 2009 12:56:20 -0700 (PDT)
Sorry for the cross post. I accidently posted in comp.lang.learning.c+
+. I'm reposting here for the higher activity.

I'm working on a socket programming project for school. I created a
UDP socket. The socket works fine, my server communication works
without a hitch. However, I'm trying to print out the local IP
Address and Port for the client. When I print out the Port, it shows
up at 0. I was looking at another article, and it says you have to
call bind() first to give the Port a value. When I do this, the
communication with the server breaks down, I think the client sends
messages to itself.

Thanks for any help.


int openUDPSocket(const char* port){

  struct addrinfo hints, *servinfo, *p;
  int sockfd, rv;

  memset(&hints, 0, sizeof hints);
  hints.ai_family = AF_UNSPEC;
  hints.ai_socktype = SOCK_DGRAM;
  hints.ai_flags = AI_PASSIVE;

  if((rv = getaddrinfo(NULL, port, &hints, &servinfo)) != 0){
     fprintf(stderr, "getaddrinfo: %s\n", gai_strerror(rv));
    return 1;

  for(p=servinfo; p != NULL; p =p->ai_next){
    if((sockfd = socket(p->ai_family, p->ai_socktype, p->ai_protocol))
== -1){
      //perror("talker: socket\n");

    fprintf(stderr, "talker: failed to bind socket \n");
    return -2;

  char *addr = new char[50];
  struct hostent *he;
  struct in_addr **addr_list;
  gethostname(addr, 50);
  he = gethostbyname(addr);
  delete addr;

  addr_list = (struct in_addr **) he->h_addr_list;
  if(addr_list[0] != NULL){
    addr = inet_ntoa(*addr_list[0]);

  struct sockaddr_in sa;
  socklen_t* sa_len = new socklen_t;
  *sa_len = sizeof(sa);

  if(getsockname(sockfd, (sockaddr*) &sa, sa_len) == -1){
    printf("getsockname error\n");
    return -3;

  printf("%s: UDP Port %d and IP address %s.\n", studentName.c_str(),
(int) ntohs(sa.sin_port), addr);

  delete addr;
  delete he;
  delete [] addr_list;
  delete addr_list;
  delete sa_len;

  return 0;

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