[PD] pd-extended crashes sending data to SSR with tcpclient
IOhannes m zmoelnig
zmoelnig at iem.at
Mon Jul 1 17:26:44 CEST 2013
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On 2013-07-01 16:40, Iain Mott wrote:
> Thanks very much IOhannes!
> The mrpeach version was being loaded by default. When I use
> iemnet/tcpclient it doesn't crash. That's great.
it is, though i'm sometimes under the impression that mrpeach is a bit
more stable than iemnet (rather than the other way around)
> There's a difference however in the way mrpeach/tcpclient and
> iemnet/tcpclient sends received data to its output.
> Messages from SSR received by mrpeach/tcpclient are sent to its
> output as a list (if that's the right word), for example as:
> This is easily converted to a readable XML string with "string2any
> 0 0" to get:
> <update><source id='1' level='-98.8531'/><source id='2'
> level='-100.177'/><source id='3' level='-100.556'/><source id='4'
> iemnet/tcpclient on the other hand sends individual numbers to its
> output as a stream rather than a list.
> ....... etc.
> And there are various messages of various lengths. I guess if I
> use iemnet/tcpclient I'll need to find a different way of parsing
> these numbers.... Not my strong point with Pd!
well the point is, that TCP/IP as an underlying protocol doesn't know
anything about packets - it is stream-based, like a serial connection.
if you are relying on the packets coming out of the [tcpclient] object
as strings of the "correct" length, then your code is broken.
you *must* have a way to determine the end of an atomic junk of data
without relying on the list length.
[iemnet/tcpclient] makes this obvious from the beginning, as it will
never lure you into security of "correct length" lists (though there
is a hidden flag that gives you the same behaviour as
outputting the bytes one-by-one should actually make it easier to
re-packetize the data.
e.g. your example string looks like '0' was a delimiting character (at
least it appears at the end of the [mrpeach/tcpclient] example output).
if this is indeed the case, you only have to [list append] the
incoming bytes until you encounter "0", and then flush the buffer to
the output - this way your packages will always be of the correct length.
> I'll try the backtrace and other things you suggest and report back
> on mrpeach/tcpclient in another email.
it could well be, that it only does not crash with [iemnet/tcpclient]
because you haven't parsed the output yet...
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