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Re: pipe chunking vs Windows

From: Magnus Hagander <magnus(at)hagander(dot)net>
To: Andrew Dunstan <andrew(at)dunslane(dot)net>
Cc: PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: pipe chunking vs Windows
Date: 2007-07-29 16:08:40
Message-ID: 46ACBB88.2070206@hagander.net (view raw or flat)
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Andrew Dunstan wrote:
>>> I have just discovered that the recently implemented pipe chunking
>>> protocol is broken on Windows. This is because the pipes are operating
>>> in text mode and doing LF->CR-LF translation, so the number of bytes
>>> received is not the number transmitted and set in the protocol header.
>>>
>>> I have not yet succeeded in turning this behaviour off (_setmode()
>>> didn't seem to affect it). If we can't find a way to turn it off, the
>>> only solution short of abandoning its use on Windows that I can think of
>>> is to translate LF on input to something unlikely like 0x1C and then
>>> translate it back when we read it from the pipe.
>>>     
>>
>> At what point does it actually do the translation? Meaning what
>> system/library call has it?
>>
>> Are we using the pipes from src/port/pipe.c? It does sound a bit weird
>> that they'd do that, since it's basically just emulating stuff over
>> standard tcp sockets, but perhaps something is broken in that code?
>>
>> Sorry, haven't really checked up on the chunk code yet, so I don't know
>> offhand where to look.
>>
>>
>>   
> 
> It looks like we aren't. In fact. it looks like the only call to
> pgpipe() in the whole source tree is in the syslogger and it's in
> specifically non-Windows code, meaning that that whole file is currently
> useless.

Uh, see port.h, lines 212-224. If you're using the pipe() command to
create it, it's used.


> Maybe you should have a good look at src/backend/postmaster/syslogger.c.
> If we could get rid of the pipe-read threads and all the special Windows
> cruft there that would certainly be an advance.

I'll try to squeeze some time in to do that - I'll have to read up on
the whole pipe/chunk thing first though, so it'll be a while.

//Magnus

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