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 Post subject: Could not connect to server! Why?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:48 pm 

Joined: Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:03 am
Posts: 11
I have the openerp source (client and server) on Eclipse under Windows XP.
I am executing it from there.

When the server is started from Eclipse it reports:
[2010-09-23 21:10:52,155] INFO:server:version - 5.0.12
[2010-09-23 21:10:52,155] INFO:server:addons_path - C:\Documents and Settings\Mike King\Workspaces\Eclipse 3.6 Platform IDE\OpenERP\src\Source\openerp-server-5.0.12\bin\addons
[2010-09-23 21:10:52,155] INFO:server:database hostname - localhost
[2010-09-23 21:10:52,155] INFO:server:database port - 5432
[2010-09-23 21:10:52,155] INFO:server:database user - Mike King
[2010-09-23 21:10:52,155] INFO:objects:initialising distributed objects services
[2010-09-23 21:10:55,953] INFO:web-services:starting XML-RPC services, port 8069
[2010-09-23 21:10:55,953] INFO:web-services:starting NET-RPC service, port 8070
[2010-09-23 21:10:55,953] INFO:web-services:the server is running, waiting for connections...

netstat -a -o shows that python.exe is listening on port 8069;
also shows that python.exe is listening on port 8070;

When the GTK client is started it reports as shown in the url below:,couldnotconnect.jpg

What can I do to establish the connection?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:51 pm 

Joined: Sat May 08, 2010 7:45 pm
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Location: Montreal, Canada
Check the firewall ?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:24 am 

Joined: Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:56 am
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log client and server ?
check conf file client (file .openerprc) and server too.
else with installer windows, path addons for the server is server\addons and not server\bin\addons, but you use sources, then I don't know if it is the same thing.
after each change, restart openerp server.

 Post subject: Re: Could not connect to server! Why?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 3:43 pm 

Joined: Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:03 am
Posts: 11
Thanks to max3903 and GEM for your suggestions. The results are described below.

When I navigate to http://localhost:8080, the page displays as follows:


I don't know if this is relevant.

max3903, you said 'switch off my firewall'.
I switched off my firewall but still got the same error:

GEM, you said 'log client and server ? '
There is an Eclipse view (using PyDev perspective) called 'Error Log'. It does not show any errors after running openERP_client or after running openERP_server.
I cannot find any log files in the Eclipse OpenERP project directories. Where would I find them? What are they called?

GEM 'check conf file client (file .openerprc) and server too. '
I cannot find a .openerprc file in my Eclipse directories.

contains port numbers etc.
Here is the file:

/********** start of file **********/
# -*- encoding: utf-8 -*-
#    OpenERP, Open Source Management Solution
#    Copyright (C) 2004-2009 Tiny SPRL (<>). All Rights Reserved
#    $Id$
#    This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
#    it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
#    the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
#    (at your option) any later version.
#    This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
#    but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
#    GNU General Public License for more details.
#    You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
#    along with this program.  If not, see <>.

import ConfigParser
import optparse
import os
import sys
import netsvc
import logging
import release

def check_ssl():
        from OpenSSL import SSL
        import socket

        return hasattr(socket, 'ssl')
        return False

class configmanager(object):
    def __init__(self, fname=None):
        self.options = {
            'interface': '',    # this will bind the server to all interfaces
            'port': 8069,
            'netinterface': '',
            'netport': 8070,
            'db_host': False,
            'db_port': False,
            'db_name': False,
            'db_user': False,
            'db_password': False,
            'db_maxconn': 64,
            'reportgz': False,
            'netrpc': True,
            'xmlrpc': True,
            'soap': False,
            'translate_in': None,
            'translate_out': None,
            'language': None,
            'pg_path': None,
            'admin_passwd': 'admin',
            'csv_internal_sep': ',',
            'addons_path': None,
            'root_path': None,
            'debug_mode': False,
            'import_partial': "",
            'pidfile': None,
            'logfile': None,
            'smtp_server': 'localhost',
            'smtp_user': False,
            'smtp_password': False,
            'stop_after_init': False,   # this will stop the server after initialization
            'price_accuracy': 2,
            'secure' : False,
            'syslog' : False,
            'log_level': logging.INFO,
            'assert_exit_level': logging.WARNING, # level above which a failed assert will be raise
            'cache_timeout': 100000,
            'login_message': False,
            'list_db': True,

        hasSSL = check_ssl()

        self._LOGLEVELS = dict([(getattr(netsvc, 'LOG_%s' % x), getattr(logging, x))
                          for x in ('CRITICAL', 'ERROR', 'WARNING', 'INFO', 'DEBUG', 'DEBUG_RPC', 'NOTSET')])

        version = "%s %s" % (release.description, release.version)
        parser = optparse.OptionParser(version=version)

        parser.add_option("-c", "--config", dest="config", help="specify alternate config file")
        parser.add_option("-s", "--save", action="store_true", dest="save", default=False,
                          help="save configuration to ~/.openerp_serverrc")
        parser.add_option("--pidfile", dest="pidfile", help="file where the server pid will be stored")

        parser.add_option("-n", "--interface", dest="interface", help="specify the TCP IP address")
        parser.add_option("-p", "--port", dest="port", help="specify the TCP port", type="int")
        parser.add_option("--net_interface", dest="netinterface", help="specify the TCP IP address for netrpc")
        parser.add_option("--net_port", dest="netport", help="specify the TCP port for netrpc", type="int")
        parser.add_option("--no-netrpc", dest="netrpc", action="store_false", help="disable netrpc")
        parser.add_option("--no-xmlrpc", dest="xmlrpc", action="store_false", help="disable xmlrpc")
        parser.add_option("-i", "--init", dest="init", help="init a module (use \"all\" for all modules)")
        parser.add_option("--without-demo", dest="without_demo",
                          help="load demo data for a module (use \"all\" for all modules)", default=False)
        parser.add_option("-u", "--update", dest="update",
                          help="update a module (use \"all\" for all modules)")
        parser.add_option("--cache-timeout", dest="cache_timeout",
                          help="set the timeout for the cache system", default=100000, type="int")

        # stops the server from launching after initialization
        parser.add_option("--stop-after-init", action="store_true", dest="stop_after_init", default=False,
                          help="stop the server after it initializes")
        parser.add_option('--debug', dest='debug_mode', action='store_true', default=False, help='enable debug

        parser.add_option("--assert-exit-level", dest='assert_exit_level', type="choice",

                          help="specify the level at which a failed assertion will stop the server. Accepted values:

%s" % (self._LOGLEVELS.keys(),))
        parser.add_option('--price_accuracy', dest='price_accuracy', default='2', help='specify the price accuracy')

        if hasSSL:
            group = optparse.OptionGroup(parser, "SSL Configuration")
            group.add_option("-S", "--secure", dest="secure",
                             help="launch server over https instead of http")
            group.add_option("--cert-file", dest="secure_cert_file",
                              help="specify the certificate file for the SSL connection")
            group.add_option("--pkey-file", dest="secure_pkey_file",
                              help="specify the private key file for the SSL connection")

        # Logging Group
        group = optparse.OptionGroup(parser, "Logging Configuration")
        group.add_option("--logfile", dest="logfile", help="file where the server log will be stored")
        group.add_option("--syslog", action="store_true", dest="syslog",
                         default=False, help="Send the log to the syslog server")
        group.add_option('--log-level', dest='log_level', type='choice', choices=self._LOGLEVELS.keys(),
                         help='specify the level of the logging. Accepted values: ' + str(self._LOGLEVELS.keys()))

        # SMTP Group
        group = optparse.OptionGroup(parser, "SMTP Configuration")
        group.add_option('--email-from', dest='email_from', default='', help='specify the SMTP email address for

sending email')
        group.add_option('--smtp', dest='smtp_server', default='', help='specify the SMTP server for sending email')
        group.add_option('--smtp-port', dest='smtp_port', default='25', help='specify the SMTP port', type="int")
        group.add_option('--smtp-ssl', dest='smtp_ssl', default='', help='specify the SMTP server support SSL or

        group.add_option('--smtp-user', dest='smtp_user', default='', help='specify the SMTP username for sending

        group.add_option('--smtp-password', dest='smtp_password', default='', help='specify the SMTP password for

sending email')

        group = optparse.OptionGroup(parser, "Database related options")
        group.add_option("-d", "--database", dest="db_name", help="specify the database name")
        group.add_option("-r", "--db_user", dest="db_user", help="specify the database user name")
        group.add_option("-w", "--db_password", dest="db_password", help="specify the database password")
        group.add_option("--pg_path", dest="pg_path", help="specify the pg executable path")
        group.add_option("--db_host", dest="db_host", help="specify the database host")
        group.add_option("--db_port", dest="db_port", help="specify the database port", type="int")
        group.add_option("--db_maxconn", dest="db_maxconn", default='64',
                         help="specify the the maximum number of physical connections to posgresql")
        group.add_option("-P", "--import-partial", dest="import_partial",
                         help="Use this for big data importation, if it crashes you will be able to continue at the

current state. Provide a filename to store intermediate importation states.", default=False)

        group = optparse.OptionGroup(parser, "Internationalisation options",
            "Use these options to translate OpenERP to another language."
            "See i18n section of the user manual. Option '-d' is mandatory."
            "Option '-l' is mandatory in case of importation"

        group.add_option('-l', "--language", dest="language",
                         help="specify the language of the translation file. Use it with --i18n-export or

        group.add_option("--i18n-export", dest="translate_out",
                         help="export all sentences to be translated to a CSV file, a PO file or a TGZ archive and

        group.add_option("--i18n-import", dest="translate_in",
                         help="import a CSV or a PO file with translations and exit. The '-l' option is required.")
        group.add_option("--modules", dest="translate_modules",
                         help="specify modules to export. Use in combination with --i18n-export")
        group.add_option("--addons-path", dest="addons_path",
                         help="specify an alternative addons path.",
                         action="callback", callback=self._check_addons_path, nargs=1, type="string")

        security = optparse.OptionGroup(parser, 'Security-related options')
        security.add_option('--no-database-list', action="store_false", dest='list_db', default=True, help="disable

the ability to return the list of databases")
        security.add_option('--enable-code-actions', action='store_true',
                            dest='server_actions_allow_code', default=False,
                            help='Enables server actions of state "code". Warning, this is a security risk.')

        (opt, args) = parser.parse_args()

        def die(cond, msg):
            if cond:
                print msg

        die(bool(opt.syslog) and bool(opt.logfile),
            "the syslog and logfile options are exclusive")

        die(opt.translate_in and (not opt.language or not opt.db_name),
            "the i18n-import option cannot be used without the language (-l) and the database (-d) options")

        die(opt.translate_out and (not opt.db_name),
            "the i18n-export option cannot be used without the database (-d) option")

        # place/search the config file on Win32 near the server installation
        # (../etc from the server)
        # if the server is run by an unprivileged user, he has to specify location of a config file where he has the

rights to write,
        # else he won't be able to save the configurations, or even to start the server...
        if == 'nt':
            rcfilepath = os.path.join(os.path.abspath(os.path.dirname(sys.argv[0])), 'openerp-server.conf')
            rcfilepath = os.path.expanduser('~/.openerp_serverrc')

        self.rcfile = os.path.abspath(
            fname or opt.config or os.environ.get('OPENERP_SERVER') or rcfilepath)

        # Verify that we want to log or not, if not the output will go to stdout
        if self.options['logfile'] in ('None', 'False'):
            self.options['logfile'] = False
        # the same for the pidfile
        if self.options['pidfile'] in ('None', 'False'):
            self.options['pidfile'] = False

        keys = ['interface', 'port', 'db_name', 'db_user', 'db_password', 'db_host',
                'db_port', 'logfile', 'pidfile', 'smtp_port', 'cache_timeout', 'smtp_ssl',
                'email_from', 'smtp_server', 'smtp_user', 'smtp_password', 'price_accuracy',
                'netinterface', 'netport', 'db_maxconn', 'import_partial', 'addons_path']

        if hasSSL:
            keys.extend(['smtp_ssl', 'secure_cert_file', 'secure_pkey_file'])

        for arg in keys:
            if getattr(opt, arg):
                self.options[arg] = getattr(opt, arg)

        keys = ['language', 'translate_out', 'translate_in', 'debug_mode',
                'stop_after_init', 'without_demo', 'netrpc', 'xmlrpc', 'syslog',
                'list_db', 'server_actions_allow_code']

        if hasSSL and not  self.options['secure']:

        for arg in keys:
            if getattr(opt, arg) is not None:
                self.options[arg] = getattr(opt, arg)

        if opt.assert_exit_level:
            self.options['assert_exit_level'] = self._LOGLEVELS[opt.assert_exit_level]
            self.options['assert_exit_level'] = self._LOGLEVELS.get(self.options['assert_exit_level']) or


        if opt.log_level:
            self.options['log_level'] = self._LOGLEVELS[opt.log_level]
            self.options['log_level'] = self._LOGLEVELS.get(self.options['log_level']) or


        if not self.options['root_path'] or self.options['root_path']=='None':
            self.options['root_path'] = os.path.abspath(os.path.dirname(sys.argv[0]))
        if not self.options['addons_path'] or self.options['addons_path']=='None':
            self.options['addons_path'] = os.path.join(self.options['root_path'], 'addons')

        self.options['init'] = opt.init and dict.fromkeys(opt.init.split(','), 1) or {}
        self.options["demo"] = not opt.without_demo and self.options['init'] or {}
        self.options['update'] = opt.update and dict.fromkeys(opt.update.split(','), 1) or {}

        self.options['translate_modules'] = opt.translate_modules and map(lambda m: m.strip(),

opt.translate_modules.split(',')) or ['all']

        if opt.pg_path:
            self.options['pg_path'] = opt.pg_path

        if self.options.get('language', False):
            if len(self.options['language']) > 5:
                raise Exception('ERROR: The Lang name must take max 5 chars, Eg: -lfr_BE')

        if not self.options['db_user']:
                import getpass
                self.options['db_user'] = getpass.getuser()
                self.options['db_user'] = None

        die(not self.options['db_user'], 'ERROR: No user specified for the connection to the database')

        if self.options['db_password']:
            if sys.platform == 'win32' and not self.options['db_host']:
                self.options['db_host'] = 'localhost'
            #if self.options['db_host']:
            #    self._generate_pgpassfile()


    def _generate_pgpassfile(self):
        Generate the pgpass file with the parameters from the command line (db_host, db_user,

        Used because pg_dump and pg_restore can not accept the password on the command line.
        is_win32 = sys.platform == 'win32'
        if is_win32:
            filename = os.path.join(os.environ['APPDATA'], 'pgpass.conf')
            filename = os.path.join(os.environ['HOME'], '.pgpass')

        text_to_add = "%(db_host)s:*:*:%(db_user)s:%(db_password)s" % self.options

        if os.path.exists(filename):
            content = [x.strip() for x in file(filename, 'r').readlines()]
            if text_to_add in content:

        fp = file(filename, 'a+')
        fp.write(text_to_add + "\n")

        if is_win32:
            import _winreg
            y = _winreg.OpenKey(x, r"SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment",

            _winreg.SetValueEx(y,"PGPASSFILE", 0, _winreg.REG_EXPAND_SZ, filename )
            import stat
            os.chmod(filename, stat.S_IRUSR + stat.S_IWUSR)

    def _check_addons_path(self, option, opt, value, parser):
        res = os.path.abspath(os.path.expanduser(value))
        if not os.path.exists(res):
            raise optparse.OptionValueError("option %s: no such directory: %r" % (opt, value))

        contains_addons = False
        for f in os.listdir(res):
            modpath = os.path.join(res, f)
            if os.path.isdir(modpath) and os.path.exists(os.path.join(modpath, '')) and \
            os.path.exists(os.path.join(modpath, '')):
                contains_addons = True

        if not contains_addons:
            raise optparse.OptionValueError("option %s: The addons-path %r does not seem to a be a valid Addons

Directory!" % (opt, value))

        setattr(parser.values, option.dest, res)

    def load(self):
        p = ConfigParser.ConfigParser()
            for (name,value) in p.items('options'):
                if value=='True' or value=='true':
                    value = True
                if value=='False' or value=='false':
                    value = False
                self.options[name] = value
        except IOError:
        except ConfigParser.NoSectionError:

    def save(self):
        p = ConfigParser.ConfigParser()
        loglevelnames = dict(zip(self._LOGLEVELS.values(), self._LOGLEVELS.keys()))
        for opt in self.options.keys():
            if opt in ('version', 'language', 'translate_out', 'translate_in', 'init', 'update'):
            if opt in ('log_level', 'assert_exit_level'):
                p.set('options', opt, loglevelnames.get(self.options[opt], self.options[opt]))
                p.set('options', opt, self.options[opt])

        # try to create the directories and write the file
            if not os.path.exists(os.path.dirname(self.rcfile)):
                p.write(file(self.rcfile, 'w'))
                os.chmod(self.rcfile, 0600)
            except IOError:
                sys.stderr.write("ERROR: couldn't write the config file\n")

        except OSError:
            # what to do if impossible?
            sys.stderr.write("ERROR: couldn't create the config directory\n")

    def get(self, key, default=None):
        return self.options.get(key, default)

    def __setitem__(self, key, value):
        self.options[key] = value

    def __getitem__(self, key):
        return self.options[key]

config = configmanager()

# vim:expandtab:smartindent:tabstop=4:softtabstop=4:shiftwidth=4:

/********** end of file **********/

GEM 'else with installer windows, path addons for the server is server\addons and not server\bin\addons, but you use sources, then I don't know if it is the same thing. '

In Eclipse, the path is Eclipse 3.6 Platform IDE\OpenERP\src\Source\openerp-server-5.0.12\bin\addons
i.e. the second form above.
What relevance does this have to the problem?

I have been frequently restarting the openERP server.

When executing within Eclipse one has to choose the program that is to be the main program.
I have chosen and as the main programs for the server and client respectively.
Is this correct?

It might be useful to put breakpoints into the client code to examine the variables at the time the 'could not connect ...' message is generated. But I don't know where to put them. Does anyone know?

Does anyone have more suggestions, either to help diagnose, or to fix the problem?

Mike King

 Post subject: Re: Could not connect to server! Why?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:26 pm 

Joined: Wed Jun 06, 2007 10:16 am
Posts: 72
Location: Ahmedabad
try to check the connectivity with postgresql database server, also start the server with options below
--debug --log-level=debug_rpc

start the server, then try to connect from client and check the messages/errors on server side...

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