Re: [Newbie] Address already in use?

From: Peter Ajamian (
Date: 11/17/99

Jonah Arnot wrote:
> I'm afraid I've gotta ask the intelligent, experienced readers of the
> CircleMUD mailing list for something that I consider to be a newbie problem
> once more.  Earlier today, I had a crash on the MUD that I code for.  After
> checking it out and fixing what caused the crash, I attempted to restart the
> MUD.  I say attempted because when I hit the ol' "autorun &" command, and
> attempted to log in, I had a slight problem.  I could connect to the port
> fine, but nothing was running on it.  It hit the port and just stuck there,
> doing absolutely nothing.  After tailing my syslog.CRASH file, I found that
> there was something evil happening.
> "Wed Nov 17 20:30:03 :: Setting player limit to 60 using rlimit.
> Wed Nov 17 20:30:03 :: Opening mother connection.
> bind: Address already in use"
> That's what it said at the very bottom of the crash syslog.  I'm assuming
> that that means that somehow when the MUD crashed it left the port open.
> Now, the port is open, but nothing's on the other side once you access it.
> Similarly, when the MUD tried to access the port to open it, it found that it
> was already open, and so caused an error.  That's all I can think of, since
> when I try to run it on another, slightly different port, it works fine.  If
> anyone can help me, I'd be extremely appreciative.  Thanks,
> -Pharoah

try the following...

ps ux

find the process which is still attached to the port and kill it with
"kill -9 <#>"

if you can't find any processes attached to that port then talk to the
server admin and get him/her to free up the port.

Regards, Peter

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