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nsIPipe Interface Reference

import "nsIPipe.idl";

Inheritance diagram for nsIPipe:


List of all members.

Detailed Description

nsIPipe represents an in-process buffer that can be read using nsIInputStream and written using nsIOutputStream. The reader and writer of a pipe do not have to be on the same thread. As a result, the pipe is an ideal mechanism to bridge data exchange between two threads. For example, a worker thread might write data to a pipe from which the main thread will read.

Each end of the pipe can be either blocking or non-blocking. Recall that a non-blocking stream will return NS_BASE_STREAM_WOULD_BLOCK if it cannot be read or written to without blocking the calling thread. For example, if you try to read from an empty pipe that has not yet been closed, then if that pipe's input end is non-blocking, then the read call will fail immediately with NS_BASE_STREAM_WOULD_BLOCK as the error condition. However, if that pipe's input end is blocking, then the read call will not return until the pipe has data or until the pipe is closed. This example presumes that the pipe is being filled asynchronously on some background thread.

The pipe supports nsIAsyncInputStream and nsIAsyncOutputStream, which give the user of a non-blocking pipe the ability to wait for the pipe to become ready again. For example, in the case of an empty non-blocking pipe, the user can call AsyncWait on the input end of the pipe to be notified when the pipe has data to read (or when the pipe becomes closed).

NS_NewPipe2 and NS_NewPipe provide convenient pipe constructors. In most cases nsIPipe is not actually used. It is usually enough to just get references to the pipe's input and output end. In which case, the pipe is automatically closed when the respective pipe ends are released.

Definition at line 72 of file nsIPipe.idl.

Public Member Functions

void init (in boolean nonBlockingInput, in boolean nonBlockingOutput, in unsigned long segmentSize, in unsigned long segmentCount, in nsIMemory segmentAllocator)
 NS_IMETHOD_ (nsrefcnt) Release(void)=0
 NS_IMETHOD_ (nsrefcnt) AddRef(void)=0
NS_IMETHOD QueryInterface (REFNSIID aIID, void **aInstancePtr)=0

Public Attributes

readonly attribute
readonly attribute

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