fail to link redis container to node.js container in docker

I had deployed a simple redis based nodejs application on the digital ocean cloud.

Here is the node.js app.

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    var redisClient = require('redis').createClient(6379,'localhost');

    In order to deploy the application, I used one node.js container and one redis container respectively,and linked node.js container with redis container.

    The redis container could be obtained by

    docker run -d --name redis -p 6379:6379 dockerfile/redis

    and the node.js container is based on google/nodejs, in which Dockerfile is simply as

    FROM google/nodejs
    WORKDIR   /src
    EXPOSE  3000
    CMD ["/bin/bash"]

    my node.js image is named as nodejs and built by

    docker build -t nodejs Dockerfile_path

    and the container is run by copying my host applications files to the src folder in the container and linking the existing redis container

    docker run -it --rm -p 8080:3000 --name app -v node_project_path:/src --link redis:redis nodejs

    finally I got into the container successfully, then installed the npm modules by npm install and then start the application by node app.js.

    But I got a error saying:

    Error: Redis connection to localhost:6379 failed - connect ECONNREFUSED

    As redis container is exposed to 6379, and my nodejs container is linking to redis container. in my node.js app, connecting to localhost redis server with port 6379 is supposed to be ok, why in fact it is not working at all

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    When you link the redis container to the node container, docker will already modify the hosts file for you

    You should then be able to connect to the redis container via:

    var redisClient = require('redis').createClient(6379,'redis'); // 'redis' is alias for the link -> what's in the hosts file.


    $ sudo docker run -d -P --name web --link db:db training/webapp python

    This will link the new web container with the db container you created earlier. The –link flag takes the form:

    --link name:alias

    Where name is the name of the container we’re linking to and alias is an alias for the link name. You’ll see how that alias gets used shortly.

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