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I can definitely change the buffering on the other application and that helps a bit.

As for the non-blocking, I thought non-blocking allowed a read to complete even when there was no data. If there was no data, I thought either EOF or EAGAIN or something was set. The example above can be changed to this to get it working in linux and loop as fast as possible.

use IO::Handle; use Timer::HiRes qw(usleep); print "before the pipe\n"; sub getpipe { my $hash2 = shift; print( "starting " . time() . "\n" ); $hash2->{pid} = open( $hash2->{stdout}, "/usr/bin/perl |") o +r die; $hash2->{buffer} = ""; $hash2->{stdout}->blocking(0); sleep( 1 ); return $hash2->{pid}; } my $hash = {}; getpipe($hash); my $fh = $hash->{stdout}; print( "pipe created\n" ); my $count = 0; while( 1 ) { my $data = <$fh>; if( $data != "" ) { print "got from pipe: $data"; } print( "." ); usleep( 10000 ); } print( "done\n" );

I will try to post the script externally and provide a link so you understand what I'm trying to do a little better. To answer a couple of your questions about threads/processes, I'm really using both. I start the thread/process by calling fork. So in Linux, I understand that I'm using the true fork command. In Windows, I'm using the pseudo fork that is really thread when you get to the bottom of things. Which one I use doesn't matter. I just need a separate branch of execution so the parent script can continue doing its normal thing while my branch of execution handles the external processes. Thats probably an ignorant statement but that's why I'm posting :)

I've found another perl script that sounds like what I'm doing: logtail. I believe the basic idea is the same. I need to review the code more to see what they have done.

In reply to Re^9: Forks, Pipes and Exec (file descriptors) by diabelek
in thread Forks, Pipes and Exec by diabelek

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