TCPServer.new().close

Hi,
Please correct if my understanding is wrong for the below code:-
Code to check if a port is free or not.

def port_available?(port)
begin
TCPServer.new(‘localhost’, port).close
rescue
return false
else
return true
end
end

Port will be closed. While closing if an exception occurs, it
returns false. Else true.

Thanks

On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 3:54 PM, Mamba B. [email protected]
wrote:

 return true

end
end

I personally prefer to put the “true” before the “rescue” because this
is the regular control flow. You can even change that to a one liner

def port_alive? port
(TCPServer.new(‘localhost’, port).close; true) rescue false
end

Port will be closed. While closing if an exception occurs, it
returns false. Else true.

But note that your system may have multiple network addresses and this
check verifies just one. The same port could be occupied on another
address.

Plus, if you do the check to decide whether to start a server on that
port the port may be closed the very moment you try to open the port
“for real”. In these situations it’s usually better to just open the
port and deal with the error because you need to do that anyway.

Kind regards

robert

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