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This is a bit oversimplified, as there's insufficient error checking and such. But I'd suggest doing something like "terminate the loop if I haven't received anything for X seconds" (where you'd have to choose X to balance between performance, and the possibility of a false failure). You could start with something like this:

my $timeout = time+$X; # timeout if we don't see anything in $X secon +ds my $ttl_bytes_rcvd=0; # haven't received anything yet while (time < $timeout) { ... read the data ... if ($bytes_read>0) { $timeout = time+$X; # Reset timeout if we actually saw some data $ttl_bytes_rcvd += $bytes_read; } # don't just hammer the CPU, give other processes a chance to do so +mething, # as well as allowing a bit of time for more data to arrive sleep 0.5; } if ($ttl_bytes_rcvd) { # process successful response ... } else { die "Error! No data received!\n"; }


When your only tool is a hammer, all problems look like your thumb.

In reply to Re^5: use sysread to read non-blocking filehandle by roboticus
in thread use sysread to read non-blocking filehandle by x12345

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