Help: Guide needed in trying to delete/flush the content of a fifo file.

Ton ph.ton.sharma at
Wed Nov 17 20:29:54 CET 2010

Thanks Mrab ... the way of how to use the pipe for the producer as
well as the consumer is a bit confusing to me. As i am using the
subprocess for both the producer and the consumer as above. Can you
please explain me further using a bit of pseudocode. Thanks for ur

In Nov 17, 12:13 am, MRAB <pyt... at> wrote:
> On 16/11/2010 06:52, Ton wrote:
> > On Nov 16, 1:47 am, MRAB<pyt... at>  wrote:
> >> On 15/11/2010 11:03, Ton wrote:
> >>> On Nov 14, 11:55 pm, MRAB<pyt... at>    wrote:
> >>>> On 14/11/2010 14:48, ton ph wrote:>    Hi python geeks,
> >>>>>      I have  problem which i have been trying to find out for the past
> >>>>> some days, i have a device which feeds info to my fifo continuosly, and
> >>>>> a thread of mine reads the
> >>>>> fifo continuosly. Now when i change a parameter in the device, it sends
> >>>>> me different values. Now my problem is that , i want to get rid of the
> >>>>> contents of my previous info which
> >>>>> is present in my buffer of the fifo.So i want to flush the fifo content
> >>>>> when my device starts sending different info .... i am implementing
> >>>>> writing and reading the fifo  using two different threads.
> >>>>> Please someone guide me solving my problem.
> >>>>> I highly apologise everyone in case my post is not so clear...
> >>>>> Thanks everyone in advance.
> >>>> When the info changes, the thread which is putting items into the fifo
> >>>> could flush it just by getting items from it (using a non-blocking get)
> >>>> until it's empty.
> >>> Hi Mrab,
> >>>    Thanks for your immediate reply , can you please guide me with any
> >>> tool or library function which i can flush my fifo content .. i use
> >>> os.mkfifo() to make the fifo. Or is there any other way i could do
> >>> this ...
> >>> Thanks
> >> Ah, you're using pipes; I thought you might've been using a queue. I
> >> don't know of a way of flushing a pipe.
> >> I wonder whether it's a good idea for the producer to keep filling the
> >> fifo, because the consumer know how 'old' the info is when it arrives,
> >> and there's your problem of discarding stale info. Perhaps the producer
> >> should wait until the consumer has sent an acknowledgement before
> >> sending more info.
> > Thanks Mrab,
> >    the problem now is that the producer continously dumps the
> > information and since i am implementing the producer using the
> > subprocess as like this
> > cmd = ['my files']
> > proc = subprocess.Popen(cmd, shell=True, bufsize=0,
> > stdout=subprocess.PIPE, stderr=subprocess.STDOUT )
> > while flag == True:
> >       line =
> > Now what i want is to synchronise the problem of actual info the
> > device is sending and the proper reading as the device is sending and
> > not about reading the previous old info in the fifo... hope i have
> > made clearer my prob. even i have tried proc.stdout.flush(), to flush
> > the previous old info in the fifo. Thnks
> Use two pipes, one each way. The consumer could use send a message to
> the producer requesting an update, which the producer could send back
> via the other pipe.

Thanks marab for your immediate reply. But how actually i go for using
pipes in the producer and consumer is a bit doubtful . can you please
explain with a pseudocode ... as in my case both producer and consumer
are executed using the subprocess as my previous post....

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