heroku app crash when listening on process.env.PORT


When i deploy this on heroku :


var port = process.env.PORT || 8080; app.listen(port, function(){ console.log("Listening on port : " + port); });

I get the error logs :

2014-11-08T18:05:34.300115+00:00 app[web.1]: events.js:72 2014-11-08T18:05:34.300402+00:00 app[web.1]: throw er; // Unhandled 'error' event 2014-11-08T18:05:34.300404+00:00 app[web.1]: ^ 2014-11-08T18:05:34.303599+00:00 app[web.1]: Error: listen EADDRINUSE 2014-11-08T18:05:34.303605+00:00 app[web.1]: at errnoException (net.js:904:11) 2014-11-08T18:05:34.303607+00:00 app[web.1]: at Server._listen2 (net.js:1042:14) 2014-11-08T18:05:34.303608+00:00 app[web.1]: at listen (net.js:1064:10) 2014-11-08T18:05:34.303610+00:00 app[web.1]: at Server.listen (net.js:1138:5) 2014-11-08T18:05:34.303628+00:00 app[web.1]: at Function.app.listen (/app/node_modules/express/lib/application.js:556:24) 2014-11-08T18:05:34.303629+00:00 app[web.1]: at Object.<anonymous> (/app/bin/www:7:18) 2014-11-08T18:05:34.303630+00:00 app[web.1]: at Module._compile (module.js:456:26) 2014-11-08T18:05:34.303632+00:00 app[web.1]: at Object.Module._extensions..js (module.js:474:10) 2014-11-08T18:05:34.303633+00:00 app[web.1]: at Module.load (module.js:356:32) 2014-11-08T18:05:34.303635+00:00 app[web.1]: at Function.Module._load (module.js:312:12)

but when i listen directly on port 8080 it work, and i cant understand why :

var port = 8080; app.listen(port, function(){ console.log("Listening on port : " + port); //it work });

I have just started using nodejs and I don't really understand why it crashes.

Could someone either explain the cause of this or how to "debug" this?

Thanks !


OK, the problem was that express-generator create a /bin/www file that contain :

#!/usr/bin/env node var debug = require('debug')('toto'); var app = require('../app'); app.set('port', process.env.PORT || 3000); var server = app.listen(app.get('port'), function() { debug('Express server listening on port ' + server.address().port); });

Thats why the port was already used.



The error "EADDRINUSE" means that something is already listening to this port.

I guess that nothing is listening to 8080 on your machine, this is why it works when you set it directly.

Use console.log(process.env.PORT) to print the port that you're trying to listen to. Then check what program is listening to this port using netstat -tunap, you should receive something similar to this:

Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address State PID/Program name tcp 0 0* LISTEN 3425/inetd tcp 0 0* LISTEN 3640/X tcp 0 0* LISTEN 3425/inetd tcp 0 0* LISTEN 7586/sshd

Kill the relevant program and try again.

To debug nodejs I would recommend <a href="https://github.com/node-inspector/node-inspector" rel="nofollow">node-inspector</a>, very easy to use and it uses chrome developer tools ui.


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