Prototype: readtcp(hostnameip, port, sendstring, maxbytes)

Return type: string

Description: Connects to tcp port of hostnameip, sends sendstring, reads at most maxbytes from the response and returns those.

If the send string is empty, no data are sent or received from the socket. Then the function only tests whether the TCP port is alive and returns an empty string.

Not all Unix TCP read operations respond to signals for interruption, so poorly formed requests can block the cf-agent process. Always test TCP connections fully before deploying.


  • host : Host name or IP address of server socket, in the range .*
  • port : Port number to connect to, in the range 0,99999999999
  • sendstring : Protocol query string, in the range .*
  • maxbytes : Maximum number of bytes to read in response, in the range 0,99999999999


    bundle agent example

      "my80" string => readtcp("","80","GET /index.php HTTP/1.1$(const.r)$(const.n)Host:$(const.r)$(const.n)$(const.r)$(const.n)",20);


      "server_ok" expression => regcmp("[^\n]*200 OK.*\n.*","$(my80)");



        "Server is alive";


        "Server is not responding - got $(my80)";

Notes: Note that on some systems the timeout mechanism does not seem to successfully interrupt the waiting system calls so this might hang if you send an incorrect query string. This should not happen, but the cause has yet to be diagnosed.