Re: piping from external program not working..

On Saturday, June 5, 2004, at 06:30 AM, Jan Hudec wrote:

On Fri, Jun 04, 2004 at 16:38:03 -0400, muppet wrote:

On Friday, June 4, 2004, at 03:18 PM, Jan Hudec wrote:

I really wish perl IO descriptors had a 'buffer' method. It would return the internal buffer as a (read-only) string.

there is one, at the C level --- PerlIO_get_base().  see perlapio.

Then we could have Glib::IO watchers properly generating 'in' event when the perlio descriptor (not the underlying file) have some data to read!

how would you have it work? while the buffer is non-empty, keep firing the 'in' condition? (that is, multiple 'in' dispatches for a single file descriptor read.) or return the new data to the sub?

even if we see how many bytes are actually available, it's up the the handler to decide if and how to read them, so the handler will still have to do filehandle io carefully. also, how would you handle the output situation? (e.g., the 'out' condition, when it's safe to write to the socket.)

the old gtk-perl used some interesting MAGIC vtable tricks to allow subs to be called whenever a scalar is changed. perhaps we should modify Glib::IO::add_watch() to use a similar mechanism?

The vtable MAGIC was about the scalars. The interface to glib is not magic at all. And for watching perlio objects, you don't need the vtable magic.

On the glib side, it means to implement an object based on GSource structure. It has a "vtable" GSourceFuncs with four functions -- prepare, check, dispatch and finalize.

yeah, i understand all of that. what i was referring to was in Gtk-Perl/Gtk/xs/Gtk.xs, the implementation of Gtk::watch_add(), which creates a GSource containing functions that watch magical SVs. this caused the main loop to wake up whenever anything happened to that scalar.

i forgot that the old version of Glib::IO::add_watch() was Gtk::Gdk::input_add(); for some reason i thought that the magical scalar implementation of watch_add would handle io events as well. note that the old version (input_add()) used plain file descriptors, as well.

prepare is called before poll. It must look whether there are data in the buffer. This is actualy the hardest part, at least for me, since I don't understand internals of perlio. prepare returns true if the source is ready (buffer not empty).

there's a macro to get the number of bytes in the buffer, PerlIO_get_cnt().

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