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Re^3: Backticks and SIGALRM

by BrowserUk (Pope)
on Aug 20, 2007 at 16:48 UTC ( #633867=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Backticks and SIGALRM
in thread Backticks and SIGALRM

YW. Here's a slightly cleaner implementation. The only caveat is that it abitrarially throws away any output received prior to the timeout occuring. Only you can decide how you want to signal timeout if you also wish to retrieve any partial output.

I guess this could form the basis of a whole CPAN module, but it just seems altogether too trivial for that?

#! perl -slw use strict; $|++; my $extApp = q[ perl -lwe"$|++; print $_ and sleep 1 for 1 .. 10" ]; for my $timeout ( map $_*2, 4,5,6 ) { my @results = timedCommand( $extApp, $timeout ); if( @results ) { print "Command returned\n", join '', @results; } else { print "Command timed out after $timeout seconds"; } } sub timedCommand { use threads; use threads::shared; my( $cmd, $timeout ) = @_; my @results :shared; my $pid :shared; async { $pid = open my $fh, "$cmd |" or die "$!, $^E"; @results = <$fh>; }->detach; kill 0, $pid while sleep 1 and $timeout--; kill 3, $pid and return if $timeout; return @results; } __END__ c:\test>junk6 Command timed out after 8 seconds Command returned 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Command returned 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

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Re^4: Backticks and SIGALRM
by nemo (Sexton) on Aug 20, 2007 at 17:08 UTC
    The only problem I had with your code was the sleep delay was too long. :) The script was executing over tens of thousands of files so in the end I used the implementation below.
    sub executeTimed{ my $cmd = shift; $|++; my @results :shared; my $pid :shared; async { $pid = open my $fh, "$cmd |" or die "$!, $^E"; @results = <$fh>; }->detach; select(undef, undef, undef, 0.08); my $test = kill (0, $pid); if($test){ kill (3, $pid); push(@results, "Function timed out."); } return pop(@results); }
    Thanks again for all replies.
    I was looking to use default active state perl package and was unsure if ipc-run would execute.


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