Simple exponential backoff pulled out of Primus by @3rd-Eden

npm install back
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A simple module to be used for creating exponentially weighted backoff attempts. Used in Primus


var http = require('http');
var back = require('back');
// Options to use for backoff
// Remark: This object is modified so it should be cloned if you are dealing
// with independent backoff attempts and want to use these values as a base.
var backoff = {
  retries: 3,
  minDelay: 1000, // Defaults to 500ms
  maxDelay: 10000, // Defaults to infinity
  // The following option is shown with its default value but you will most
  // likely never define it as it creates the exponential curve.
  factor: 2,

function retry(err) {
  return back(function (fail) {
    if (fail) {
      // Oh noez we never reconnect :(
      console.error('Retry failed with ' + err.message);
    // Remark: .attempt and .timeout are added to this object internally
    console.log('Retry attempt # ' + backoff.attempt +
                ' being made after ' + backoff.timeout + 'ms');
  }, backoff);

function request() {
  http.get('http://localhost:9000', function (res) {
    console.log('Successful Response that will not happen!');
  }).on('error', retry);



back(callback, backoffOpts);

The back function returns you a function that simply executes the callback after a setTimeout. The timeout is what is based on an exponential backoff of course!


I am considering switching the backoffOpts and callback as I understand it is an irregular api if enough people want it.

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