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socket_set_option> <socket_set_block
[edit] Last updated: Sat, 12 May 2012

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(PHP 4 >= 4.1.0, PHP 5)

socket_set_nonblockSets nonblocking mode for file descriptor fd


bool socket_set_nonblock ( resource $socket )

The socket_set_nonblock() function sets the O_NONBLOCK flag on the socket specified by the socket parameter.

When an operation (e.g. receive, send, connect, accept, ...) is performed on a non-blocking socket, the script will not pause its execution until it receives a signal or it can perform the operation. Rather, if the operation would result in a block, the called function will fail.



A valid socket resource created with socket_create() or socket_accept().

Return Values

Returns TRUE on success or FALSE on failure.


Example #1 socket_set_nonblock() example



This example creates a listening socket on all interfaces on port 1223 and sets the socket to O_NONBLOCK mode. socket_accept() will immediately fail unless there is a pending connection exactly at this moment.

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add a note add a note User Contributed Notes socket_set_nonblock
kpobococ at gmail dot com 11-Sep-2009 07:46
Beware, when using this function within a loop (i.e. a demon with a socket). The socket_accept(), for example, emits a warning each time there is no incoming connection available to be read. My php error log file got huge in a matter of seconds, eventually crashing the server.

Of course, i used the @ before the function to take care of that problem.

[EDITOR: One can (and should) use socket_select to detect a new connection on a socket (it's a "readable" event)]

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