Erlang interface towards epmd

This module communicates with the EPMD daemon, see epmd. To implement your own epmd module please see ERTS User's Guide: How to Implement an Alternative Service Discovery for Erlang Distribution


start_link() -> {ok, pid()} | ignore | {error, term()}

This function is invoked as this module is added as a child of the erl_distribution supervisor.

register_node(Name, Port) -> Result

  • Name = string()
  • Port = Creation = integer() >= 0
  • Result = {ok, Creation} | {error, already_registered} | term()

register_node(Name, Port, Driver) -> Result

  • Name = string()
  • Port = integer() >= 0
  • Driver = inet_tcp | inet6_tcp | inet | inet6
  • Creation = integer() >= 0
  • Result = {ok, Creation} | {error, already_registered} | term()

Registers the node with epmd and tells epmd what port will be used for the current node. It returns a creation number. This number is incremented on each register to help with identifying if a node is reconnecting to epmd.

port_please(Name, Host) -> {ok, Port, Version} | noport

port_please(Name, Host, Timeout) -> {ok, Port, Version} | noport

  • Name = string()
  • Host = inet:ip_address()
  • Timeout = integer() >= 0 | infinity
  • Port = Version = integer() >= 0

Requests the distribution port for the given node of an EPMD instance. Together with the port it returns a distribution protocol version which has been 5 since Erlang/OTP R6.

address_please(Name, Host, AddressFamily) ->
                  Success | {error, term()}

Called by the distribution module. Resolves the Host to an IP address.

Another epmd module may return port and distribution protocol version as well.

names(Host) -> {ok, [{Name, Port}]} | {error, Reason}

Called by net_adm:names/0. Host defaults to the localhost. Returns the names and associated port numbers of the Erlang nodes that epmd registered at the specified host. Returns {error, address} if epmd is not operational.


(arne@dunn)1> erl_epmd:names(localhost).