asynchat - operation could not complete w/ blocking

Erik Max Francis max at
Wed Mar 8 09:04:34 CET 2006

Andreas R. wrote:

> The problem I was having with push, is that is does not always send 
> complete packages.
> The solution to this was to use sendall() instead, but sendall() gives 
> blocking error messages.

The purpose of asynchat's push methods is to queue outgoing data and 
send it when possible.  When you're complaining that it does not always 
send complete packages, that strongly implies to me that you're 
misunderstanding how socket transmissions work.

With TCP you're guaranteed that data will show up in the same order you 
sent it.  You're not at all guaranteed that it will show up in the same 
chunks, or that you will get it all at the same time.

The only time you'd want to do use something like "sendall" is when you 
really _do_ want to block until you make sure all the data is sent.  So 
if you're wondering why it blocks, that suggests a deep misunderstanding 
in how TCP works.

If you want to use asynchat to transmit data, all you need to do is set 
things up so that push handles them.  Once that's the case, the data 
will be transmitted when the socket is writable such that it doesn't 
block.  In other words, all you want to do is call 
push/push_with_producer and leave it at that.

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