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Thursday May 16, 2002
05:40 PM

Socket Deadlock

[ #4976 ]

Yippee - I got to work on some Perl code today. Unfortunately it was a bug report with the ever helpful description of "well it just hangs and doesn't return anything to the screen".

I suspected the socket code might be to blame. The program in question is one of our Credit Card daemon's. So I asked if the remote client had been modified (it had) so then I asked if the client socket code had been modified (it had). So I get to this snippet of code in our daemon and just sighed:

while (<$sock>)

No, please don't do that. It's no wonder you're in I/O blocking hell. So a quick rewrite with IO::Select and sysread fixed things up nicely.

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