Re: can't get server socket working

Leigh Johnston <>
Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:12:29 +0000
On 29/10/2013 16:31, cerr wrote:


I'm trying to get a server socket working but for some reason this doesn't allow any connections on What might be wrong here? No errors are being reported:

#include <iostream>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/socket.h>
#include <netdb.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <stdio.h>

#define BUF_SIZE 500
using namespace std;

int getserversocket(int port);

int main (void)
     socklen_t peer_addr_len;
     ssize_t nread;
     int sockhandle, s;
     struct sockaddr_storage peer_addr;
     char buf[BUF_SIZE];

     cout << "MyServer 1.0" << endl;
     if (sockhandle = getserversocket(1234) >= 0){
         cout << "Socket created!" << endl;
     } else {
         cout << "Could not bind" << endl;
     while(sockhandle >= 0) {
         peer_addr_len = sizeof(struct sockaddr_storage);
         nread = recvfrom(sockhandle, buf, BUF_SIZE, 0,
         (struct sockaddr *) &peer_addr, &peer_addr_len);
         if (nread == -1)
         continue; /* Ignore failed request */

         char host[NI_MAXHOST], service[NI_MAXSERV];

         s = getnameinfo((struct sockaddr *) &peer_addr,
                 peer_addr_len, host, NI_MAXHOST,
                 service, NI_MAXSERV, NI_NUMERICSERV);
         if (s == 0)
         cout << "Received "<< (long)nread << "bytes from " << host << ":" << service << endl;
         fprintf(stderr, "getnameinfo: %s\n", gai_strerror(s));

         if (sendto(sockhandle, buf, nread, 0,
             (struct sockaddr *) &peer_addr,
             peer_addr_len) != nread)
         cout << "Error sending response" << endl;


int getserversocket(int port)
     struct addrinfo hints;
     struct addrinfo *result, *rp;
     int addrinfo, sock;
     char port_chr[5];

     memset(&hints, 0, sizeof(struct addrinfo));
     hints.ai_family = AF_UNSPEC; /* Allow IPv4 or IPv6 */
     hints.ai_socktype = SOCK_DGRAM; /* Datagram socket */
     hints.ai_flags = AI_PASSIVE; /* For wildcard IP address */
     hints.ai_protocol = 0; /* Any protocol */
     hints.ai_canonname = NULL;
     hints.ai_addr = NULL;
     hints.ai_next = NULL;

     addrinfo = getaddrinfo(NULL, port_chr, &hints, &result);
     if (addrinfo != 0) {
         fprintf(stderr, "getaddrinfo: %s\n", gai_strerror(addrinfo));

     for (rp = result; rp != NULL; rp = rp->ai_next) {
         sock = socket(rp->ai_family, rp->ai_socktype,
         if (sock == -1)

         if (bind(sock, rp->ai_addr, rp->ai_addrlen) == 0)
             break; /* Success */

     freeaddrinfo(result); /* No longer needed */

     if (rp == NULL) { /* No address succeeded */
         return -1;
         return sock;

Any assistance would be appreciated, Thank you!

Step 1) Stop using old C techniques and use boost.asio instead.
Step 2) A lot easier after step 1.

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