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Re: lynx-dev timeouts

From: Klaus Weide
Subject: Re: lynx-dev timeouts
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000 20:27:51 -0600 (CST)

On Thu, 27 Jan 2000, Vlad Harchev wrote:
> On Thu, 27 Jan 100, T.E.Dickey wrote:
> > > When trying to connect to a web site which may be locked up, lynx will 
> > > sit 
> > > there.  Is there a timeout parameter I can set to, say, 10 sec? 
> > 
> > The usual approach is to compile with nsl-fork, and press 'z' when you get
> > bored.
>   I'm thinking about doing a patch that will add new lynx.cfg and commandline
> option named "connect_timeout", that will specify the number of seconds to
> wait before timing out (it will be multiplied by 10 to get the max number of
> iterations with 'select' to perform, see function HTDoConnect). I looked at
> the code and seems it's clear how to do it. This functionality won't be 
> available for DOS (look at the code for the answer). Are there any additional 
> thoughts or objections?

Lynx will notice when the connect() call times out.  Use operating
system's (or TCP/IP stack's) way of changing that timeout, and it can
apply to all applications (that open a TCP connection) instead of just

>   Seems this will be useful for guys that (ab)use lynx as downloader.  

If lynx -download is invoked interactively, they can still use ^C.
If lynx -download is invoked non-interactively, it should be possible
to invoke a timeout in shell language.  Not for the connect(), but for
the whole retrieval.

Ok, let's try:

---- snip ---
#! /bin/sh
LYNX="./src/lynx"  # change this, e.g. to "lynx"
if [ $# -lt 2 ]; then
  echo "tolynx - invoke lynx with timeout." >&2
  echo "Usage: $0 TIMEOUT LYNXOPTIONS URL" >&2
  echo "       LYNXOPTIONS should include -dump." >&2
  exit 1
$LYNX "$@" &
sleep $TIMEOUT
kill -0 $CHILDPID 2>/dev/null && kill $CHILDPID
exit 0
--- snip ---

Tested with bash, ash, pdksh.

Tweak as desired to make it smarter, using a loop so that it
can finish immediately when the lynx process is done etc.
(see also shells' man pages for the 'wait' builtin).


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