Non-blocking sockets

Discussion in 'Java' started by bengali, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. bengali

    bengali Guest


    i have a client application that connects to remote servers via tcp.
    Connections are made in threads and i would like them to be
    interruptible, i mean that client socket should not block and if they
    receive an interrupt signal they should quit.
    I have seen that java nio allows to create such non-blocking sockets.

    SocketChannel sChannel =;
    Socket mySocket = sChannel.socket();

    My problem is that sockets are created from third-party libraries (JNDI
    and JMX) and i don't even manipulate sockets.

    But the Socket class has a setSocketImplFactory(SocketImplFactory
    factory) method which I could call at the beginning of my application
    to set it a SocketImplFactory that would in turn return non-blocking

    I have searched the Web and I haven't found anyone doing such things.
    The SocketImpl class has a lot of abstract methods and i am reluctant
    to extend it (lack of time).
    Does anyone know if a non-blocking SocketImplFactory exists ?

    bengali, Oct 22, 2006
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  2. Are you sure you actually need nio? AFAIK classes in honor
    Thread.interrupt() and you get an InterruptedIOException which is a
    subclass of IOException.

    Kind regards

    Robert Klemme, Oct 22, 2006
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  3. bengali

    bengali Guest

    For me, a thread that waits on a blocking IO can not be interrupted
    because a thread can only be interrupted if it's in wait or sleep state.
    That's why nio has been added to the JDK.

    There's the InterruptibleChannel class which SocketChannel implements:
    "A channel that implements this interface is also interruptible: If a
    thread is blocked in an I/O operation on an interruptible channel then
    another thread may invoke the blocked thread's interrupt method. This
    will cause the channel to be closed, the blocked thread to receive a
    ClosedByInterruptException, and the blocked thread's interrupt status to
    be set."

    But this doesn't solve my problem...

    bengali, Oct 22, 2006
  4. bengali

    Karl Uppiano Guest

    In my experience, a thread blocking in a classic Java socket will not
    interrupt. Calling wakeup on a waiting NIO socket will bring a waiting
    thread back to you.
    Karl Uppiano, Oct 23, 2006
  5. I don't believe that's correct. classes do not reliably honor
    Thread.interrupt(), although the situation can be worked around by
    closing the associated stream, causing an exception to be thrown. If
    nio isn't an option for OP, that might be the poor man's workaround.
    Christopher Benson-Manica, Oct 23, 2006
  6. bengali

    EJP Guest

    Maybe what you really want is just a read timeout?
    EJP, Oct 23, 2006
  7. bengali

    bengali Guest

    Maybe what you really want is just a read timeout?

    It would be a good idea but as I said i don't have access to the code
    that creates the client sockets (in third-party libraries) and don't
    even manipulate Socket objects.

    That's why I thought of changing Socket's class default
    SocketImplFactory to a SocketImplFactory that would create NIO
    SocketImpl at the beginning of my client application.

    That's why I was asking if anyone had done such thing or if there would
    be was a different way to do this (JVM parameter).

    The target JVM is a 1.4.2.

    bengali (a.k.a Luc)
    bengali, Oct 23, 2006
  8. I thought interruptible I/O had been fixed for some time. So I checked
    the bug database:

    "As of today, the interruptable io has officially deprecated. We are not
    going to fix this bug. However, we leave the current implementation as
    it is for backward compatibility.

    " [email protected] 1999-09-12"


    I haven't seen that anywhere else.

    Tom Hawtin
    Thomas Hawtin, Oct 23, 2006
  9. I think closing the associated stream only works on some operating systems.
    Mark Thornton, Oct 23, 2006
  10. bengali

    Chris Uppal Guest

    The writeup of 4154947 (referenced from that bug) at:

    also makes interesting (if sad, and salutary) reading.

    -- chris
    Chris Uppal, Oct 23, 2006
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