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From "Brian Havard" <>
Subject Re: Should ap_bread et. al. be modified to work with async i/o APIs?
Date Wed, 12 Apr 2000 15:54:42 GMT
On Wed, 12 Apr 2000 11:31:16 -0400, Bill Stoddard wrote:

>> On Wed, 12 Apr 2000 11:00:02 -0400, Bill Stoddard wrote:
>> >The anonymous pipes Windows uses to talk to CGI scripts are always
>> >(and cannot be set non-blocking). I'm trying to fix this in Apache 2.0
>> >have gotten bogged down in uglyness.
>> The situation is the same on OS/2, that is unnamed pipes cannot be
>> non-blocking, just like files can't.
>> How about another tactic for handling stalled CGIs? We could spawn a
>> watchdog thread that would kill the CGI if it stopped responding for too
>> long. The CGI's death would close the pipes causing them to unblock with
>> EOF.
>That solves one problem. The problem I see reported most often is related to
>Apache not sending data back to the browser until after the CGI terminates.
>Take a look at ap_send_fb_length(). On Unix, if we make a non-blocking read
>that returns 0 bytes, we flush the outbound network buffer before moving to
>the blocking read. This lets CGI writers return a chunk of data immediately
>to the browser, then query their DB, whatever, before sending the rest of
>the response.

Hmmm, odd. In v1.3 I get CGI output sent as it's generated without the
benefit of non-blocking pipes. What's changed?

 |  Brian Havard                 |  "He is not the messiah!                   |
 |  |  He's a very naughty boy!" - Life of Brian |

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