Python SocketServer works on localhost but not on server


Included below is the code that I am currently using:

#! /usr/bin/python print 'Content-type: application' print '\n\n' import SocketServer import cgitb cgitb.enable() class MyTCPHandler(SocketServer.BaseRequestHandler): """ The RequestHandler class for our server. It is instantiated once per connection to the server, and must override the handle() method to implement communication to the client. """ def handle(self): # self.request is the TCP socket connected to the client self.data = self.request.recv(1024).strip() print "{} wrote:".format(self.client_address[0]) print self.data # just send back the same data, but upper-cased self.request.sendall(self.data.upper()) self.request.sendall('Data Received') if __name__ == "__main__": HOST, PORT = "localhost", 9989 # Create the server, binding to localhost on port 9989 server = SocketServer.TCPServer((HOST, PORT), MyTCPHandler) # Activate the server; this will keep running until you # interrupt the program with Ctrl-C server.serve_forever()

The code works as expected on localhost, but is unresponsive on public server.

In addition, executing the code twice results in the following error message:


error: (98, 'Address already in use')



I think the problem is that you are binding to "localhost", i.e., on the loopback interface. Try replacing "localhost" with the public IP address you want to bind to. Type ifconfig at the command line if you're not sure what that is; pick the address that's not in any one of the IP blocks designated for private use (i.e., doesn't start with 10. or 192.168. etc).

I'm not sure if it will work with TCPServer specifically but often software that requires you to bind to a specific interface will accept "" for all interfaces, or an empty string to the same effect.



error: (98, 'Address already in use')


You need this for that:

socket.setsockopt(socket.SOL_SOCKET, socket.SO_REUSEADDR, 1) <hr /><blockquote>

but is unresponsive on public server.


Usually in case of shared hosting, you cant get through with creating a socket. In any case you could try the following, to see if it helps:

HOST, PORT = "", 9989 # or (public_IP,9989)


You have to use "localhost" by gethostbyname() function:

server = SocketServer.TCPServer((socket.gethostbyname(HOST), PORT), MyTCPHandler)

But you have to keep in mind that some machines doesn't understand "localhost" and you have to use the local host IP address , instead.


You can't run it twice because you have a static port address (9989). There can only be one listener bound to a port. There can be more than one incoming connection to the port, but only one listener.

Also, have you checked the firewall settings. Wherever your python server is running, the firewall has to give port 9989 permission to accept incoming connections. Also, if your server is behind a hub, the hub has to be told which host will be handling port 9989.


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