Issue #8067 has been reported by l0x (Markus Lux).

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Bug #8067: Checking a network connection in a loop never succeeds even if the connection is available.
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/8067

Author: l0x (Markus Lux)
Status: Open
Priority: Normal
Assignee: 
Category: 
Target version: 
ruby -v: ruby 2.0.0p0 (2013-02-24 revision 39474) [x86_64-linux]


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I want to check for a connection to a specific server with Ruby. So I just wrap the HTTP request into a begin/rescue construct and try again in a few seconds if the connection is not available.

((*Problem*)): If I start the program with no connection available (link down) it will never succeed in finding a connection even if at some time the connection is available (e.g. via ping, browser request).

((*Test case:*)) 

 require 'net/http'
 
 loop do 
 
 	begin
 		uri = URI.parse 'http://www.example.com'
 		resp = Net::HTTP.get uri
 	rescue SocketError => se
 		puts se
 		sleep 3
 		next
 	rescue Exception => e
 		puts e
 		break	
 	end
 
 	puts 'It works!'
 	break
 
 end

((*Steps to reproduce:*))

(1) Take network link down
(2) Start program
(3) -> getaddrinfo: Name or service not known
(4) -> ...
(5) Turn network link on again
(6) Still no connection, same error

((*Expected behavior:*)) Don't throw SocketException as soon as a connection is available.

((*Ruby versions tested:*))

ruby 1.9.3p392 (2013-02-22 revision 39386) [x86_64-linux]

ruby 2.0.0p0 (2013-02-24 revision 39474) [x86_64-linux]

This may only affect Linux since there exist reports on [1] where people commented that the program works as expected on Windows and Mac.

[1] http://stackoverflow.com/questions/15321260/checking-a-network-connection-in-a-loop-never-succeeds-even-if-the-connection-is

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