Nilesh Govindarajan wrote:
On 03/25/2010 03:51 PM, David Lidstone wrote:
We recently para-virtualised a Xen / CentOS box which is running script
which uses fsockopen() to get a connection to an SMTP server.

Since the server changes it fails approx 50% of the time with:

"php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Temporary failure in name

We've tried the solutions from Googling this error (such as restarting
Apache etc), but without success.

Why am I wasting your time with a Linux upgrade issue? Well,
gethostbyname() seems to resolve the IP every time. Manual lookups on
from the server seem to work with no problems.

Any help greatly appreciated. Should I perhaps be pointing this out on
the 'internals' list?

I feel its something do with your DNS settings and/or the server.

If that's not the problem then just as a temp solution add your SMTP server's address provided it has a static IP (99.9% it has) to your /etc/hosts file.

It should not give trouble then.

Thanks for your suggestion Nilesh, but the hosts file would seem to just defeat the object of being able to look up DNS addresses.

It is possible to by-pass the issue by using gethostbyname() and just passing in the IP, but this is not really a solution (e.g. we regularly use a PEAR package which is now effected). The real questions in my mind are:

"If there is a reliable call to resolve IPs, then what is fsockopen() doing which is different? Given the recurrence of this error over the last 8 - 9 years, can it be changed to improve reliability, or is this just a one-off with our server?"

I do agree that it is almost certainly an issue with the server or a library being used (me != serverexpert). But what and why and can PHP work around this better internally? Thanks again.

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