Processing the errorArray-subset returned by IO.select()


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Hi everybody!

I am posting my question to this list really as a last recourse after
having duly searched Ruby’s doc, Google, Ruby’s source, IRC, etc…
Can somebody please end my torment?

What I’m trying to achieve is a fully asynchronous HTTP proxy (or, for
the sake of simplicity let’s just say a TCP relay between A and B) in
just one thread, meaning:

  • when I non-blockingly (select+accept) get a new connection from A, I
    have to open the relay connection to B using connect_nonblock
  • upon “readable” events on sockets belonging to either A or B, I must
    non-blockingly write() to the other (or cache the data and wait for
    the other socket to be “writable”)
  • have to teardown the relay as soon as any side shows signs of
    connect timeout, close, reset, etc

Now, in order to monitor socket status I cannot rely on
begin/rescue/end (actually I found a tutorial where the author calls
connect_nonblock a second time and checks EISCONN to see if the socket
connection was successful, but that’s not the best way to do it, is
it?), so I thought my answer was in the third array returned by
select, concerning socket errors/exceptions… but I cannot find any
documentation on that, and everybody seems to call IO.select() with
‘nil’ as third argument :-/

Does anybody know how to process it? Is there a way to get the
corresponding Errno for each socket?

Thank you :slight_smile: