Lightwight socket IO wrapper

Random832 random832 at fastmail.com
Wed Sep 23 01:52:54 CEST 2015


On Tue, Sep 22, 2015, at 15:45, James Harris wrote:
> "Dennis Lee Bieber" <wlfraed at ix.netcom.com> wrote in message 
> news:mailman.12.1442794762.28679.python-list at python.org...
> > On Sun, 20 Sep 2015 23:36:30 +0100, "James Harris"
> > <james.harris.1 at gmail.com> declaimed the following:
> >>Receiving no bytes is taken as indicating the end of the 
> >>communication.
> >>That's OK for TCP but not for UDP so there should be a way to
> >>distinguish between the end of data and receiving an empty datagram.
> >>
> > I don't believe UDP supports a truly empty datagram (length of 0) --
> > presuming a sending stack actually sends one, the receiving stack will
> > probably drop it as there is no data to pass on to a client (there is 
> > a PR
> > at work because we have a UDP driver that doesn't drop 0-length 
> > messages,
> > but also can't deliver them -- so the circular buffer might fill with
> > undeliverable headers)
> 
> As others have pointed out, UDP implementations do seem to work with 
> zero-byte datagrams properly. Again, I would rather see that in the 
> Python documentation which is what, effectively, forms a contract that 
> we should be able to rely on.

Isn't this technically the same problem as pressing ctrl-d at a terminal
- it's not _really_ the end of the input (you can continue reading
after), but it sends the program something it will interpret as such?


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