Please help with clarifying which phrase would be better if both are correct:
- 'The port in use by the web-server.'
- 'The port used by the web-server.'
This is a standalone sentence without further context (written in text at least). The phrase is used as an description of a parameter (named 'port') in a web-site which runs some software on-demand. This phrase means that there is another program that is currently configured in a such way that it expects to receive a specific value from the application run by this web-site. This application reads the value from this parameter.
So the questions are:
- are both phrases correct?
- what's the difference between the two phrases if any?
- which one suits better in this case?
I feel that the first one should be better as it means 'the port (currently) being used by web-server', but I'm not absolutely sure. (See https://dictionary.cambridge.org/ru/%D1%81%D0%BB%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B0%D1%80%D1%8C/%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B3%D0%BB%D0%B8%D0%B9%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B8%D0%B9/in-use)