[Jack-Devel] Non-blocking I/O in process callback
me at jmendeth.com
Mon Nov 30 15:00:21 CET 2015
El 30/11/15 a les 14:27, Robin Gareus ha escrit:
> On 11/30/2015 12:11 PM, Xavier Mendez wrote:
>> I'm wondering whether it's safe to do non-blocking reads or writes from
>> inside the process callback.
>> From what I've seen, non-blocking I/O doesn't cause the process to go
>> into blocked state, and the realtime scheduler should not switch to
>> another process. But the documentation doesn't seem to allow them:
>>> [...] it cannot call functions that might block for a long time. This
>>> includes all I/O functions (disk, TTY, network), [...]
>> So, is it safe to use non-blocking I/O in the process callback?
> On which platform?
This is going to run on UNIX-like systems, mostly Linux, and I'm
programming in C/C++.
> The short answer is:
> "If you don’t know how long it will take, don't do it." 
> All i/o involve syscalls, and then it depends what the kernel does for
> the specific system call(s). Asynchronous I/O usually involves signals
> at some point which makes it not safe to use.
I wasn't very specific, let me clarify: I'm only going to do some
read(2) or write(2) syscalls on an FD which has O_NONBLOCK set.
AFAIK these don't involve signals...
> Some implementation also
> involve mutexes to avoid resource conflicts. You'll have to check the
> standard-lib and kernel source for the system that you target.
Hmm... Are mutexes a problem if the FD is used exclusively from the
> All moot anyway. Proper software needs to do error-handling and doing
> that in a rt-callback is out of the question. So you need a non-realtime
> thread anyway and if you have that you can directly do i/o there.
Error handling is not a problem here, if those syscalls fail I'll simply
deactivate the JACK client.
> anyway, using a ringbuffer to decouple i/o is trivial: e.g.
Thanks for the advice, I'm currently using ringbuffers + worker threads
but being able to do this I/O directly in process() would simplify the
code considerably. I'll consider it, though.
Thank you for your help,
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