How to debug a socket hang up error in NodeJS?


Question

I am getting the following error:

events.js:48
        throw arguments[1]; // Unhandled 'error' event
        ^
Error: socket hang up
    at createHangUpError (http.js:1091:15)
    at Socket.onend (http.js:1154:27)
    at TCP.onread (net.js:363:26)

In node v0.6.6, my code has multiple http.request and .get calls. Please suggest ways to track what causes the socket hang up, and on which request/call it is. Thank you

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5/17/2014 8:42:05 AM

Quick and dirty solution for development:

Use longjohn, you get long stack traces that will contain the async operations.

Clean and correct solution: Technically, in node, whenever you emit an 'error' event and no one listens to it, it will throw. To make it not throw, put a listener on it and handle it yourself. That way you can log the error with more information.

To have one listener for a group of calls you can use domains and also catch other errors on runtime. Make sure each async operation related to http(Server/Client) is in different domain context comparing to the other parts of the code, the domain will automatically listen to the error events and will propagate it to it's own handler. So you only listen to that handler and get the error data. You also get more information for free.(Domains are depreceated).

As Mike suggested you can also set NODE_DEBUG=net or use strace. They both provide you what is node doing internally.

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11/22/2017 8:21:14 AM

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