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MongoDB: >5 open connections for a single db handler

I’m new to nodejs and mongdb, which I’ll use in a project of mine, and as soon as I got the db connection working I was shocked to see how many database connections my code really does. So, given this simple snippet code:

var express = require('express');
var mongo = require('mongodb');
var app = express();
// Further details:
// nodejs: v0.8.18
// mongod: v2.2.2
// node's mongodb driver: v1.2.10
app.get('/', function(req, res){
res.send('<h1>Ok</h1>');
});
var setUp = function() {
// get a handler to the testDB Database
mongo.Db.connect('mongodb://localhost:27017/testDB', function(err, db) {
if (err)
throw err;
// create a test collection in the database
db.createCollection('test', function(err, test) {
if (err)
throw err;
// insert a dummy document into the test collection
test.insert({'name':'admin', 'pass':'admin'});
app.listen(3000);
console.log('App listening on port 3000');
});
});
}
setUp();

the mongo daemon outputs this bit of log when the nodejs process fires up:

... connection accepted from 127.0.0.1:40963 #34 (1 connection now open)
... connection accepted from 127.0.0.1:40964 #35 (2 connections now open)
... connection accepted from 127.0.0.1:40965 #36 (3 connections now open)
... connection accepted from 127.0.0.1:40966 #37 (4 connections now open)
... connection accepted from 127.0.0.1:40967 #38 (5 connections now open)
... connection accepted from 127.0.0.1:40968 #39 (6 connections now open)
... end connection 127.0.0.1:40963 (5 connections now open)
... allocating new datafile /var/data/testDB.ns, filling with zeroes...
...

and this one when the process is terminated:

... connection 127.0.0.1:40964 (4 connections now open)
... connection 127.0.0.1:40965 (3 connections now open)
... connection 127.0.0.1:40966 (2 connections now open)
... connection 127.0.0.1:40967 (1 connection now open)
... connection 127.0.0.1:40968 (0 connections now open)

Does the mongo driver really need to make that many connections to mongod in order to get a single db handler, or is there something wrong with the way I implemented this? I really expected to see just one open connection in there…

Db.connect opens a pool of 5 connections, by default. If you want to limit it to a single connection you can do that via the server options like this:

mongo.Db.connect(
'mongodb://localhost:27017/testDB',
{server: {poolSize: 1}},
function(err, db) { ...