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Old 01-05-2010, 10:47 PM   #1
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sendto function call in UDP client program

The following is the UDP client code I am using.

int sockfd;
struct sockaddr_in serv_addr;
sockfd = socket(PF_INET, SOCK_DGRAM, 0);
if(sockfd == -1)
	cout<<"unable to open the socket"<<endl;
bzero(&serv_addr, sizeof(serv_addr));
serv_addr.sin_family = AF_INET;
serv_addr.sin_addr.s_addr = inet_addr("");
serv_addr.sin_port = htons(9999);
if( sendto(sockfd,message,strlen(message)+1,0,(struct sockaddr *)&serv_addr,sizeof(serv_addr)) < 0 )
	cout<< "unable to write to the socket descriptor\n";
Even the server is down, sendto function is not returning -1.
Instead, it is returning the length of the message as if it is success.

can any body please help me tracing the bug?

Last edited by chakka.lokesh; 01-05-2010 at 10:48 PM.
Old 01-05-2010, 10:53 PM   #2
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Sorry - not a bug.

UDP, as you probably know, is inherently "unreliable". The status simply means the message was sent - the protocol does *not* guarantee that a message sent is also a message received.

Last edited by paulsm4; 01-05-2010 at 10:55 PM.


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