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Re: Windows & POSIX

From: Ingolf Steinbach
Subject: Re: Windows & POSIX
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2005 16:30:11 +0100
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Hi Conrad,

On Tuesday 22 February 2005 04:34, Conrad T. Pino wrote:
> How does abstracting all CVS I/O calls for files, pipes
> and sockets sound to you?

Emulating non-blocking I/O (including select()) with Windows
API functions (asynchronous ReadFile()/WriteFile() and
WaitForMultipleObjects()) is a nightmare. For instance
 a) you cannot cancel an asynchronous ReadFile() operation
    and then reliably determine the amount of data already
 b) cancelling a ReadFile() operation (via CancelIo())
    automatically cancels any other I/O operation on the same
 c) you cannot determine the amount of data which can be
    read "immediately" (without blocking) for all kinds of
    input sources.
Non-blocking writing has its own problems.

Maybe there is an easy solution for this, but I have not yet
found it.

Kind regards

Ingolf Steinbach                       Jena-Optronik GmbH
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