Thread: Solutions to problem

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    Solutions to problem

    I am in the midst of writing a client application that requires some rather strange behaviour. From what i have decided i will be needing two threads, one thread to constantly be blocked on a recv call, processing information when it is received and sending replies back, and another thread to ensure that the connection has not been broken (it will sleep for 5 minutes then use a send call to ensure the connection is still live). Hopefully that was not too confusing. I have looked into timeout options in the TCP layer but quickly realised i should not be touching those values since on windows anways it would change the timeout behaviour for all applications and 2 hours is simply too long. Pretty much i just want people to let me know if they believe it is feasible to implement this on windows using threads and blocking socket calls or suggest alternate solutions.

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    It's conceivable.


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    you know you can save yourself the threads and just use select() to check if there is incoming data before you call a blocking function such as recv().

    you can read about select() here: Beejís Guide to Network Programming
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    stacktrace >> what you outlined is a very common practive among networking applications. What you are doing is sending "keep alive" packets to the server in order to keep the connection open, and to know if/when it's been closed. Instead of waiting 5 minutes in between keep alive packets though, I suggest a smaller time frame (maybe 30 seconds).

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