Hi, I was writing a quick Relay class and ran into a problem.
Objects of this class act between two ports and log every TCP/IP that is
sent between those ports - according to a specific protocol (in this
simple example the first 8 characters contain the length of the data
that will follow)
These are the important methods of the class. All objects are local to
the object and not shared between other objects.
@server = TCPServer.new(l_h, l_p)
@client = TCPSocket.new(r_h, r_p)
loop do Thread.start(@server.accept) do |s| # handshake(s) client_to_server(s) server_to_client(s) end end
len = @client.recv(8)
msg = @client.recv(len.to_i)
@logfile.puts("Received " + msg)
len = s.recv(8)
msg = s.recv(len.to_i)
@logfile.puts("Sent " + msg)
My problem is that the file operations (@logfile.puts) are not performed
immediately. When I check the file while communication is passing by, it
is incomplete, sometimes even empty. Only when I kill the connection
contained in @server.accept is the file properly flushed and is all
traffic put into it.
I don’t understand why this happens. Why does @logfile.puts not happen
immediately while @client.write and s.write do?
I can’t see why this would have anything to do with thread safety.
Putting a mutex lock/unlock around the file operation didn’t really do
anything (I didn’t really expect that to work either)
Can anybody tell me what is happening here?