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From "Noah Slater (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (COUCHDB-393) Cannot discover currently running http port if ini file specifies port 0
Date Tue, 23 Jun 2009 16:58:07 GMT

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Noah Slater commented on COUCHDB-393:
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I think Paul Davis hit on the best option here. It would be nice to hook "couchdb -s" into
some kind of Erlang VM communication, and we could return the IP address and port number on
the command line in some parseable fashion. Perhaps something similar to "Visit the Futon
administration console at http://0.0.0.0:0/_utils/" like we used to show on CouchDB start-up.

> Cannot discover currently running http port if ini file specifies port 0
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: COUCHDB-393
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/COUCHDB-393
>             Project: CouchDB
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: HTTP Interface
>    Affects Versions: 0.9
>         Environment: Ubuntu 9.04
>            Reporter: Stuart Langridge
>
> It is currently not possible, if the ini file specifies port 0 as the http port (so that
the OS chooses a random port) to discover which port the OS actually chose.
> It would be nice if the currently running port was made available in the statusline output
(couchdb -s), but a log statement would be adequate; some way that an external script can
discover which port a running CouchDB is listening on.
> Edited discussion from #couchdb:
> <bitdiddle> aquarius: well at a glance it appears couch_http passes the 0 to mochiweb_http
which passes it to the mochiweb_socket_server, which passes it to gen_tcp, an erlang module
that lets the underlying OS assign it. mochiweb_socket_server then grabs that port and stores
it. It has a get method to retrieve properties but that needs to be exposed to mochiweb_http
so it would take a little work to do it. It's probably a JIRA ticket, unless someone else
sees a quicker approach
> <davisp> bitdiddle: you got that far and didn't find it?
> <aquarius> davisp: is there a better way to find the port?
> <davisp> oh, is that not the bind port?
>  I was just thinking a log statement
> <aquarius> davisp: the problem is if you specify 0 as the bind port (so the OS
chooses a port), how do you find out what was chosen?
> <davisp> aquarius: you have to look at the port returned by the socket
>  aquarius: in other words, CouchDB was never written to do that
> <davisp> AFAIK
> <bitdiddle> davisp: I found it, just needs some work to expose it
> <davisp> aquarius: and by do that, I mean, we never put in a statement to log that
> <bitdiddle> mochiweb_http is the module that needs to bubble it up
> <aquarius> davisp: I don't really mind whether it's a log statement or it's exposed
to couchdb -s (the latter seems tidier to me, but whichever), I just want to be able to start
couch on port 0 and then later find out which port got chosen :)
> <davisp> aquarius: for the time being you can use something like netstat or lsof,
but we'll get a log statement in there or something

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