Ashish Ashish - 6 months ago 117
Node.js Question

How can a parent process send socket/server object to child process in nodejs?

// Parent

var child = require('child_process').fork('child.js');

// Open up the server object and send the handle.
var server = require('net').createServer();
server.on('connection', function (socket) {
socket.end('handled by parent');
});
server.listen(1337, function() {
child.send('server', server);
});

//Child
process.on('message', function(m, server) {
if (m === 'server') {
server.on('connection', function (socket) {
socket.end('handled by child');
});
}
});


As shown in above example , parents sends server object to child process so that even child had handle some of client connection requests.

How is it achieved in node js ?

Answer

I suggest you take a look at node.js cluster module:

When you call server.listen(...) in a worker, it serializes the arguments and passes the request to the master process. If the master process already has a listening server matching the worker's requirements, then it passes the handle to the worker. If it does not already have a listening server matching that requirement, then it will create one, and pass the handle to the child.

Complete example from the docs:

var cluster = require('cluster');
var http = require('http');
var numCPUs = require('os').cpus().length;

if (cluster.isMaster) {
  // Fork workers.
  for (var i = 0; i < numCPUs; i++) {
    cluster.fork();
  }

  cluster.on('exit', function(worker, code, signal) {
    console.log('worker ' + worker.process.pid + ' died');
  });
} else {
  // Workers can share any TCP connection
  // In this case its a HTTP server
  http.createServer(function(req, res) {
    res.writeHead(200);
    res.end("hello world\n");
  }).listen(8000);
}