Daytime Protocol RFC-867 in Golang

Deepankar Bhade / April 7 , 2022
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Daytime Protocol

Daytime service is a useful debugging and measurement tool. A daytime service simply sends a current date and time as a character string without regard to the input.


Based on RFC-867

We will be building a Daytime service using TCP in this short example. We will create a server listening for TCP connections on TCP port 13, after the connection is established we will send back the date response.

Sounds easy? Because it is! I have ignored handling errors in the code to make it simple.

main.go
package main import ( "net" "time" ) func main() { addr := ":13" tcpAddr, _ := net.ResolveTCPAddr("tcp", addr) // listens on PORT 13 listener, _ := net.ListenTCP("tcp", tcpAddr) for { // wait for client to connect // when client connects, the accept call returns connection conn, err := listener.Accept() if err != nil { continue } daytime := time.Now().String() // writes data to the connection conn.Write([]byte(daytime)) conn.Close() } }

Then run this code and test it out using telnet you will see the response.

telnet 127.0.0.1 13
Daytime Protocol in action

Daytime Protocol in action

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