victor_crimea victor_crimea - 8 months ago 50
C Question

udp server sending data to specific client until any recvfrom

I writing a library that should implement UDP-based protocol.
I'm host A, remote is host B.
I need to send message from host A, port 7011, to host B port 7011. Then Host B will answer to the host A, port 7011. Communication is async, so I need the udp which will listen for incoming messages, and also sometimes I need to send messages from the same port the server is binded to.

Here is how i'm creating and binding socket:

udp_server::udp_server(const std::string &localAddress, int localPort)
: f_port(localPort), f_addr(localAddress) {
char decimal_port[16];
snprintf(decimal_port, sizeof(decimal_port), "%d", f_port);
decimal_port[sizeof(decimal_port) / sizeof(decimal_port[0]) - 1] = '\0';
struct addrinfo hints;
memset(&hints, 0, sizeof(hints));
hints.ai_family = AF_INET;
hints.ai_socktype = SOCK_DGRAM;
hints.ai_protocol = IPPROTO_UDP;
int r(getaddrinfo(localAddress.c_str(), decimal_port, &hints, &f_addrinfo));
if (r != 0 || f_addrinfo == NULL) {
throw udp_client_server_runtime_error(
("invalid address or port for UDP socket: \"" + localAddress + ":" + decimal_port + "\"").c_str());
f_socket = socket(f_addrinfo->ai_family, SOCK_DGRAM | SOCK_CLOEXEC, IPPROTO_UDP);
if (f_socket == -1) {
throw udp_client_server_runtime_error(
("could not create UDP socket for: \"" + localAddress + ":" + decimal_port + "\"").c_str());
r = bind(f_socket, f_addrinfo->ai_addr, f_addrinfo->ai_addrlen);
if (r != 0) {
throw udp_client_server_runtime_error(
("could not bind UDP socket with: \"" + localAddress + ":" + decimal_port + "\"").c_str());

And here I'm trying to send message:

ssize_t udp_server::sendto(std::string remoteHost, uint16_t port, const char *message, size_t messageLength) {
struct sockaddr_in remote;
remote.sin_family = AF_INET;
remote.sin_port = htons(7011);
remote.sin_addr.s_addr = ::inet_addr("");

socklen_t addrSize;
addrSize = sizeof(remote);

memset(remote.sin_zero, '\0', sizeof(remote.sin_zero));
dout << "messageLength: " << messageLength << std::endl;
return ::sendto(this->f_socket, message, messageLength, 0, (struct sockaddr *)&remote, addrSize);

But ::sendto always returns -1. And errno is set to 22, which means invalid argument. What is the possible solutions? Maybe overall structure is bad.

=== Solution ===
I've bind my server to locahost :(
Should be or INADDR_ANY.


This error can occur if you bind to localhost and attempt to send to a non-local IP.

If you want to be able to send from any interface, you should bind to

Also, in udp_server::sendto, you set remote.sin_port and remote.sin_addr to hardcoded values. You probably want to use the remoteHost and port parameters here.