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Troubleshoot zx_err_peer_closed

The error zx_err_peer_closed indicates a failed attempt to read or write from a peered Zircon object. Usually, this means that the remote side of the peer is closed. This can occur for many different types of Zircon objects, including:

  • Channels
  • Sockets
  • FIFOs

The error can also occur when failing to signal a peered object, such as zx_object_signal_peer.

This document helps you troubleshoot the following causes of a zx_err_peer_closed error.

Error causes

The following are potential causes of a zx_err_peer_closed error.

Incompatible FIDL protocols

The zx_err_peer_closed error is thrown when incompatible FIDL protocols are used between the client and server, which closed the connection.

To remedy this, make sure your client and server are using the same FIDL protocols. See the FIDL language specification for more information on FIDL protocols.

The requested protocol is not defined in the component manifest

Similar to incompatible FIDIL protocols, if the requested protocol is not defined in your component manifest, or .cmx file, you will get a zx_err_peer_closed error.

Specifically, if you are using components v1, you will get a zx_err_peer_closed error in the following cases: * Your .cmx file requests a protocol that is not present in your realm. If in the sys realm, this means the sysmgr config doesn't include the service. * Your .cmx file requested a protocol that is present in your realm, but the component that is supposed to provide it is misconfigured and not actually providing the protocol.

If this is the case, make sure your .cmx file includes the protocol that you are requesting. You can use fidlcat to help you diagnose the missing protocol.

For more information, see:

A requested file cannot be accessed

The zx_err_peer_closed error is thrown when you fail to open a file. This can happen for the following reasons:

  • You're attempting to open a file that doesn't exist
  • You're trying to open a file that is requesting too many rights.

If this is the case, verify that you are requesting an existing file, or that the file and directory have the appropriate rights. You can learn more about directory rights and how they're specified.

Peer has crashed and the process has been terminated

If the peer crashes, the system processes the crash and terminates the process that generated the error and all associated objects, leading to a zx_err_peer_closed error.

You can view logs to confirm if the peer has crashed. If this is the case, you can debug the peer using the Just in Time Debugger to find the source of the crash, and try the operation again.

Adding epitaphs to errors as a component author

As a component author, it's important to help users get additional meaningful error messages when they see the zx_err_peer_closed error. To do this, your code should set an epitaph with the binding::Close(zx_status_t epitaph_value) binding.

See examples for setting meaninful epitaphs in //src/sys/appmgr/realm.cc.