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More than one alarm-call at a timeby htoug (Deacon)
|on Jan 16, 2004 at 14:02 UTC||Need Help??|
htoug has asked for the
wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
I have often had the need to have more than one pending alarm call, but haven't found a (simple) way to do it.
The current use is for an online system, that communicates with one or more of a number of external servers. It is quite expensive to obtain a connection to the server, so it is preferable to do it as seldom as possible (Data::Lazy is a great help there), and the connection should be dropped again (after a reasonable delay) to release ressources.
This is quite simple, when you only have to work with one server, alarm does it nicely with a suitable subroutine.
Sys::AlarmCall can handle nested alarm calls (calls to Sys__AlarmCall::alarm_call can be nested and it will call any alarms that were pending when alarm_call was called).
I envision a module that overrides alarm, and "just" ensures that all registered alarms are called at the correct time. The user interface of alarm shouldn't need to change.
But I have been unable to find a module, that can handle overlapping alarm calls, and before I run out and do it; I would like to either find a module that does it for me or gather any good ideas that the monks have.