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socket_select

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socket_selectExécute l'appel système select() sur un tableau de sockets avec une durée d'expiration

Description

int socket_select ( array &$read , array &$write , array &$except , int $tv_sec [, int $tv_usec = 0 ] )

socket_select() accepte un tableau de sockets et attend qu'elles changent de statut. Ceux qui sont familiers avec les sockets de BSD reconnaîtront dans ces tableaux de sockets les jeux de pointeurs de fichiers. Trois tableaux indépendants de ressources de sockets sont surveillés.

Liste de paramètres

read

Les sockets listés dans le paramètre read seront surveillés en lecture : pour savoir quand ils sont disponibles en lecture (plus précisément, si une lecture ne va pas bloquer, en particulier, une ressource de socket a déjà atteint une fin de fichier, auquel cas socket_read() retournera une chaîne de taille zéro).

write

Les sockets listés dans write seront surveillés en écriture : pour voir si une écriture ne va pas bloquer.

except

Les sockets listés dans except seront surveillés pour leurs exceptions.

tv_sec

Les paramètres tv_sec et tv_usec ensembles forment le paramètre timeout (durée de vie). Le timeout est la durée maximale de temps avant que socket_select() ne se termine. tv_sec peut être zéro, ce qui fera que socket_select() retournera immédiatement. C'est très pratique pour faire du polling (sondage). Si tv_sec est NULL (pas de timeout), socket_select() peut se bloquer indéfiniment.

tv_usec

Avertissement

En sortie de fonction, les tableaux sont modifiées pour indiquer quels sockets ont changé d'état.

Vous n'avez pas besoin de passer tous les tableaux à socket_select(). Vous pouvez les omettre, ou utiliser un tableau vide, ou encore NULL à la place. N'oubliez pas que ces tableaux sont passés par référence et seront modifiés par socket_select().

Note:

À cause d'une limitation du moteur Zend actuel, il n'est pas possible de passer une constante comme NULL directement comme paramètre à cette fonction, qui attend une valeur par référence. À la place, utilisez un tableau temporaire ou une expression dont le membre de gauche est une variable temporaire :

Exemple #1 Passer NULL à socket_select()

<?php
$e 
NULL;
socket_select($r$w$e0);
?>

Valeurs de retour

En cas de succès, socket_select() retourne le nombre de sockets contenues dans les tableaux modifiés. Ce nombre peut être zéro si la durée maximale d'attente a été atteinte. En cas d'erreur, FALSE est retourné. Le code d'erreur généré peut être obtenu en appelant la fonction socket_last_error().

Note:

Assurez-vous bien d'utiliser l'opérateur === lorsque vous vérifiez les erreurs. Étant donnée que socket_select() peut retourner 0, la comparaison avec FALSE via == donnerait TRUE :

Exemple #2 Analyser le résultat de socket_select()

<?php
$e 
NULL;
if (
false === socket_select($r$w$e0)) {
    echo 
"socket_select() a échoué. Raison : " .
        
socket_strerror(socket_last_error()) . "\n";
}
?>

Exemples

Exemple #3 Exemple avec socket_select()

<?php
/* Prépare le tableau read (socket surveillées en lecture) */
$read   = array($socket1$socket2);
$write  NULL;
$except NULL;
$num_changed_sockets socket_select($read$write$except0);

if (
$num_changed_sockets === false) {
  
/* Gestion des erreurs */
} else if ($num_changed_sockets 0) {
  
/* Au moins une des sockets a été modifiée */
}
?>

Notes

Note:

Méfiez-vous des implémentations de sockets, qui doivent être manipulées avec délicatesse. Quelques règles de base :

  • Vous devez toujours essayer d'utiliser socket_select() sans timeout. Votre programme ne devrait avoir rien à faire si il n'y a pas de données disponibles. Le code qui dépend d'un timeout est généralement peu portable, et difficile à déboguer.
  • Un socket ne doit pas être ajouté à l'un des tableaux en paramètre, si vous ne souhaitez pas vérifier le résultat après l'appel à socket_select(). Après le retour de socket_select(), tous les sockets dans tous les tableaux doivent être vérifiés. Tout socket qui est disponible en écriture ou en lecture doit être utilisé pour écrire ou lire.
  • Si vous écrivez ou lisez avec un socket retourné dans un tableau, soyez conscient qu'il ne pourra pas écrire ou lire toutes les données que vous demandez. Soyez prêt à ne pouvoir lire qu'un seul octet.
  • Il est commun à la plupart des implémentations de socket que la seule exception interceptée par les sockets dans le tableau except soit le cas des données hors limites, reçues par un socket.

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vardhan ( at ) rogers ( dot ) com
9 years ago
A simple PHP script using socket_select() to manage multiple connections.
connect using "telnet localhost 9050". it broadcasts your messages that you send through telnet to other users connected to the server -- sort of like a chat script

#!/usr/local/bin/php
<?php

    $port
= 9050;
   
   
// create a streaming socket, of type TCP/IP
   
$sock = socket_create(AF_INET, SOCK_STREAM, SOL_TCP);
   
   
// set the option to reuse the port
   
socket_set_option($sock, SOL_SOCKET, SO_REUSEADDR, 1);
   
   
// "bind" the socket to the address to "localhost", on port $port
    // so this means that all connections on this port are now our resposibility to send/recv data, disconnect, etc..
   
socket_bind($sock, 0, $port);
   
   
// start listen for connections
   
socket_listen($sock);

   
// create a list of all the clients that will be connected to us..
    // add the listening socket to this list
   
$clients = array($sock);
   
    while (
true) {
       
// create a copy, so $clients doesn't get modified by socket_select()
       
$read = $clients;
       
       
// get a list of all the clients that have data to be read from
        // if there are no clients with data, go to next iteration
       
if (socket_select($read, $write = NULL, $except = NULL, 0) < 1)
            continue;
       
       
// check if there is a client trying to connect
       
if (in_array($sock, $read)) {
           
// accept the client, and add him to the $clients array
           
$clients[] = $newsock = socket_accept($sock);
           
           
// send the client a welcome message
           
socket_write($newsock, "no noobs, but ill make an exception :)\n".
           
"There are ".(count($clients) - 1)." client(s) connected to the server\n");
           
           
socket_getpeername($newsock, $ip);
            echo
"New client connected: {$ip}\n";
           
           
// remove the listening socket from the clients-with-data array
           
$key = array_search($sock, $read);
            unset(
$read[$key]);
        }
       
       
// loop through all the clients that have data to read from
       
foreach ($read as $read_sock) {
           
// read until newline or 1024 bytes
            // socket_read while show errors when the client is disconnected, so silence the error messages
           
$data = @socket_read($read_sock, 1024, PHP_NORMAL_READ);
           
           
// check if the client is disconnected
           
if ($data === false) {
               
// remove client for $clients array
               
$key = array_search($read_sock, $clients);
                unset(
$clients[$key]);
                echo
"client disconnected.\n";
               
// continue to the next client to read from, if any
               
continue;
            }
           
           
// trim off the trailing/beginning white spaces
           
$data = trim($data);
           
           
// check if there is any data after trimming off the spaces
           
if (!empty($data)) {
           
               
// send this to all the clients in the $clients array (except the first one, which is a listening socket)
               
foreach ($clients as $send_sock) {
               
                   
// if its the listening sock or the client that we got the message from, go to the next one in the list
                   
if ($send_sock == $sock || $send_sock == $read_sock)
                        continue;
                   
                   
// write the message to the client -- add a newline character to the end of the message
                   
socket_write($send_sock, $data."\n");
                   
                }
// end of broadcast foreach
               
           
}
           
        }
// end of reading foreach
   
}

   
// close the listening socket
   
socket_close($sock);
?>
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Viorel
1 year ago
Probably you will want to use

// get a list of all the clients that have data to be read from
// if there are no clients with data, go to next iteration
        if (socket_select($read, $write = NULL, $except = NULL, NULL) < 1)
            continue;
           
instead 
        if (socket_select($read, $write = NULL, $except = NULL, 0) < 1)
            continue;
which will hang your CPU to 100% (return immediate if nothing to be done)
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John
4 years ago
The way the document describes socket_select()'s handling of sockets polled for read is rather obscure.

It says that it checks to see if reading would not "block," but the overall description of socket_select() says it checks for a change in blocking status. Unfortunately, these are in conflict.

If a socket already has data in the buffer, calling socket_select() on that socket would never return (assuming null timeout), and would block forever. :-( This is because the blocking status wouldn't change. It simply stays "non-blocking"

It is important to remember NOT to select() on a socket which may already have data available.

An example...
<?php
//... $socket is already here...
$done = false;
$n = 0;
do{
   
$tmp = 0;
   
$r = $w = $e = array();
   
$r = array($socket);
   
socket_select($r,$w,$e,null);
   
$n = socket_recv($socket, $tmp, 1024, 0);

   
//$done = true; //Something determines that we are done reading...
}while(!$done);
?>
This MAY NOT work... socket_select() is always being called... but we may have data in the input buffer.

We need to ensure that the last time we read, nothing was read... (empty buffer)
<?php
//... $socket is already here...
$done = false;
$n = 0;
do{
   
$tmp = 0;
   
$r = $w = $e = array();
   
$r = array($socket);
    if(
$n === 0) socket_select($r,$w,$e,null);
   
$n = socket_recv($socket, $tmp, 1024, 0);

   
//$done = true; //Something determines that we are done reading...
}while(!$done);
?>
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qartis at gmail dot com
6 years ago
In regards to the code posted by vardhan ( at ) rogers ( dot ) com, it appears that on the following line:
        if (socket_select($read, $write = NULL, $except = NULL, 0) < 1)
the timeout parameter is accidentally set to 0, rather than NULL. This means that the select call will return immediately rather than blocking indefinitely.

Change the socket_select line to the following for great success:
        if (socket_select($read, $write = NULL, $except = NULL, NULL) < 1)
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Whosawhatsis at that google email thingy
8 years ago
Another solution to the problem of keys not being preserved is to have an additional array for looking up sockets that uses their resource identifiers as keys. This can be obtained using array_flip() in some cases, but is particularly useful if each socket is associated with an object. In this case, you can make the object's constructor add a pointer to itself to the lookup array with its socket resource identifier as a key and use the following code to execute a read method for the object associated with each socket returned by socket_select():

<?php
socket_select
($reads, $writes, $excepts, 0);

foreach (
$sockets as $socket) {
   
$lookuparray[$socket]->read();
}
?>
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simon dot riget at gmail dot com
8 months ago
A verry simple HTTP webserver written in PHP
Run it in the shell with php <name of file> and test in in the browser with <server address>:8080/test

<?php
 
// Reduce the amount of warnings displayed
 
error_reporting(E_ALL ^ E_NOTICE);

 
// Set up socket for listening
 
$host_socket = socket_create(AF_INET, SOCK_STREAM, SOL_TCP);
  if(!
$host_socket) die("Failed to start event server. socket_create: ". socket_strerror(socket_last_error())."\n");

 
// set the option to reuse the port
 
if(! socket_set_option($host_socket, SOL_SOCKET, SO_REUSEADDR, 1) )
    die(
"Failed to start event server. socket_set_option: ". socket_strerror(socket_last_error())."\n");

 
// bind host socket to localhost or 0.0.0.0 on port 8080
 
if(! socket_bind($host_socket,"0.0.0.0",8080) )
    die(
"Failed to start event server. socket_bind: ". socket_strerror(socket_last_error())."\n");

 
// start listening for connections
 
if(! socket_listen($host_socket,10) )
    die(
"Failed to start event server. socket_listen: ".socket_strerror(socket_last_error())."\n");

  while (
true) {
   
// Make list of sockets to listen for changes in, including host
   
$read = array($host_socket);
        
   
// get a list of all the clients that have data to be read from
   
$ready=@socket_select($read, $write = NULL, $except = NULL,0);
    if (
$ready=== false)
      die(
"Failed to listen for clients: ". socket_strerror(socket_last_error()));

   
// a client request service
   
elseif($ready>0){
     
// accept new client
     
$newsocket = socket_accept($host_socket);

     
// Read from socket
     
$input = socket_read($newsocket, 1024);
      if(
$input){
        unset(
$client_header);
       
// Read headers; Split into safe lines
       
$line=explode("\n",preg_replace('/[^A-Za-z0-9\-+\n :;=%*?.,\/_]/','',substr($input,0,2000)));
       
// Split request line into its parts
       
list($client_header["method"],$client_header["url"],$client_header["protocol"])=explode(" ",$line[0]);
       
// Remove the request line again.
       
unset($line[0]);
       
// Make key=value array of headers
       
foreach($line as $l){
          list(
$key,$val)=explode(": ",$l);
          if(
$key) $client_header[strtolower($key)]=$val;
        }
       
// Get IP of client
       
socket_getpeername($newsocket, $client_header['ip']);

       
// Decode url
       
$client_header+=(array)parse_url($client_header['url']);
       
parse_str($client_header['query'],$client_header['arg']);

       
print_r($client_header);

       
// Serve file
       
if(strpos($client_header['path'],".html") && file_exists(__DIR__.$client_header['path'])){
          echo
"Sending a HTML page to client\n";
         
socket_write($newsocket,"$client_header[protocol] 200 OK\r\n");   
         
socket_write($newsocket,"Content-type: text/html; charset=utf-8\r\n\r\n");
         
socket_write($newsocket,file_get_contents(__DIR__.$client_header['path'])."\r\n\r\n");
         
socket_close($newsocket);
        }elseif(
$client_header['path']=="/test"){
          echo
"Sending test HTML page to client\n";
         
socket_write($newsocket,"<!DOCTYPE HTML><html><head><html><body><h1>Its working!</h1>Have fun\r\n");
         
socket_write($newsocket,"<pre>Request header: ". print_r($client_header,true) . "</pre>\r\n");
         
socket_write($newsocket,"</body></html>\r\n\r\n");
         
socket_close($newsocket);
        }else{
          echo
"$client_header[protocol] 404 Not Found\r\n";
         
socket_write($newsocket,"$client_header[protocol] 404 Not Found\r\n\r\n");  
         
socket_close($newsocket);
        }
      }
    }
  }
 
socket_close($host_socket);
?>
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jean at briskula dot si
3 years ago
As it was already said, some clients need \0 character to end transmission, for example Flash's XMLSocket.

You should also be prepared to read less data than you have requested.

Here is an example of a socket buffer - it's an array which has socket resources for keys and an array of a timestamp and recieved data as values.

I find that the best practice for sending data is trailing it with a new line and zero character (\n\0), because you will probably have different types of clients which behave differently for reading data from sockets. Some need a \n to fire an event, some need \0.

For recieving data, sometimes you will get splitted data - this can hapen because the buffer is full (in my example 8192 bytes) or it just gets broken during transmission in lower levels.

Sometimes you can read two messages at once, but they have a zero character in between, so you can just use preg_split() to split the messages. The second message may not be complete, so you add it to your buffer.

<?php
   
const message_delimiter = "\n\0";

   
/*
     * Clear socket buffers older than 1 hour
     */
   
function clear_buffer() {
        foreach(
$this->buffer as $key=>$val) {
            if(
time() - $val['ts'] > 3600) {
                unset(
$this->buffer[$key]);
            }
        }
    }

   
/*
     * Add data to a buffer
     */
   
function buffer_add($sock,$data) {
        if(!isset(
$this->buffer[$sock])) {
           
$this->buffer[$sock]['data'] = '';
        }

       
$this->buffer[$sock]['data'] .= $data;
       
$this->buffer[$sock]['ts'] = time();
    }

    function
buffer_get($sock) {
       
// split buffer by the end of string
       
$lines = preg_split('/\0/',$this->buffer[$sock]['data']);

       
// reset buffer to the last line of input
        // if the buffer was sent completely, the last line of input should be
        // an empty string
       
$this->buffer[$sock]['data'] = trim($lines[count($lines)-1]);

        if(!empty(
$this->buffer[$sock]['data'])) {
           
debug("buffer is not empty for $sock, len: ".strlen($this->buffer[$sock]['data']));
        }

       
// remove the last line of input (incomplete data)
        // parse any complete data
       
unset($lines[count($lines)-1]);

       
// return only the fully sent data
       
return $lines;
    }

    function
read(&$sock,$len=8192,$flag=MSG_DONTWAIT) {
       
$lines = array();

       
$this->clear_buffer();

       
$bytes_read = @socket_recv($sock,$read_data,$len,$flag);

        if (
$bytes_read === false || $bytes_read == 0) {
            return
false;
        } else {
           
debug("recv: $read_data");
           
$this->buffer_add($sock,$read_data);
            return
$this->buffer_get($sock);
        }
    }

   
/*
     * Write to a socket
     * add a newline and null character at the end
     * some clients don't read until new line is recieved
     *
     * try to send the rest of the data if it gets truncated
     */
   
function write(&$sock,$msg) {
       
$msg = $msg.self::message_delimiter;
       
$length = strlen($msg);
        while(
true) {
           
$sent = @socket_write($sock,$msg,$length);
            if(
$sent <= 0) {
                return
false;
            }
            if(
$sent < $length) {
               
$msg = substr($msg, $sent);
               
$length -= $sent;
               
debug("Message truncated: Resending: $msg");
            } else {
                return
true;
            }
        }
        return
false;
    }
?>
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magemerlin at list dot ru
4 years ago
If you using a Flash client - you should know some specific features:

1) when client connects to the server - it is sending to you "<policy-file-request/>"."\0" string. Server should answer an XML policy file, then disconnect from this client. Code is something like

if ('<policy-file-request/>'==substr($data, 0, 22))
                {
                    echo "policy requset.\n";
                    flush();ob_flush();
                    $msg = '<'.'?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE cross-domain-policy SYSTEM "http://www.macromedia.com/xml/dtds/cross-domain-policy.dtd">
<cross-domain-policy>
<allow-access-from domain="*" to-ports="*" />
</cross-domain-policy>'."\0";
                    echo "Say to client (crossdomain.xml) ... ";
                    flush();ob_flush();
                    socket_write($read_sock, $msg, strlen($msg));
                    echo "OK\n";
                    flush();ob_flush();
                   
                    echo "Closing ... ";
                    flush();ob_flush();
                    socket_close($read_sock);
                    echo "OK\n";
                    flush();ob_flush();
                }
                else
                {
// here is normal IO operations with client
}

2) every output to client should be ended with "\0" (if using XMLSocket in Flash client) - otherwise flash will not generate onData event

Russian examples is there - http://www.flasher.ru/forum/showpost.php?p=901346&postcount=7
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eidberger at jakota dot de
5 years ago
Just noticed that you have to loop socket_select () when using UDP to get all queued packets:

<?php
while (socket_select ($aRead, $aWrite, $aExcept, 1) > 0) {
    foreach (
$aReadUdp as $oSocket) {
       
$this->clientReadUdp ($oSocket);
    }
}
?>

That's important because every call of socket_select () on UDP brings you only one result. But there could be 10.000 results queued and if your turnarround time is to slow (server busy, other sleeps etc.), you'll never progress all results in near realtime.
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danny at dansheps dot com
5 years ago
Just to add to this.  Since the information contained in the notes is somewhat old.   It appears keys are being preserved now.

So, if you rely on knowing which keys need to be worked with and were like me and thought that it didnot preserve.  Well it does.
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Anonymous
7 years ago
If you want to use a simple fractional value for timeout:

<?php
socket_select
(..., floor($timeout), ceil($timeout*1000000));
?>
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ludvig dot ericson at gmail dot com
8 years ago
Regarding the comment below, No, it does not, it's a system call and I believe it's rather hard to preserve keys.

Additionally, socket_select should be used like it was a user-inputted array, that you don't know what you sent in to.

<?php
$reads
= $clients;
$reads[] = $server;

socket_select($reads);

foreach (
$reads as $read) {
   
/* do some stuff */
}
?>
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crimson at NOSPAMtechnologist dot com
8 years ago
Note that the resulting arrays do NOT maintain keys (PHP 4.3.2) after being run through this function:

Before:
Array
(
    [Client_Socket] => Resource id #6
    [Server_Socket] => Resource id #9
)

After:
Array
(
    [0] => Resource id #6
    [1] => Resource id #9
)

It would have been nice to have the keys stay to figure out which stream you need to receive from, but you'll have to use some fancy foreach loop to figure out which sockets to check.
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drenintell
9 years ago
The continuation of my my previous post on 28-Apr-2005 10:19 at
http://ca3.php.net/manual/en/function.socket-select.php

Here it is: (Link is broken into 2 parts)

'http://gtkphp.org/php_socket_select_hangs
_explanation_and_solution.html'
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Richard Neill
9 years ago
It is probably a bad idea to watch an array of sockets for input with socket_select, and then socket_read() using PHP_NORMAL_READ.

Although this seems desirable, you can end up with a permanently blocked program, if someone sends you malformed input which is missing a trailing \n \r. Guess how I found that out.
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calimero dot NOSPAM at NOSPAM dot creatixnet dot com
11 years ago
Please note that the timeout parameter has important side-effects on the CPU usage of your script.

Setting the timeout to 0 will make your CPU looping without any time to have some rest and handle other running processes on your system, causing the system load to increase heavily while your script is running.

Personnaly, I use a value of 15 ms for this parameter. this ensures a good listening frequency while letting your system load clear.

Example :
$read = array($ListeningSocket);
$num_changed_sockets = socket_select($read, $write = NULL, $except = NULL, 0, 10);

Hope this helps.
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julian dot haupt at gmx dot de
12 years ago
hello,
i just made a class which acts similiar to Perl's IO::Select in order to make socket selecting very easy

your script should look something like that:

<?php
$server
= new Server;
$client = new Client;

for (;;) {
  foreach (
$select->can_read(0) as $socket) {

    if (
$socket == $client->socket) {
     
// New Client Socket
     
$select->add(socket_accept($client->socket));
    }
    else {
     
//there's something to read on $socket
   
}
  }
}
?>

you should of course implement some routines to detect broken sockets and remove them from the select object.

you can also do output buffering and check in the main-loop for sockets that are ready to write

<?php
class select {
  var
$sockets;

  function
select($sockets) {

   
$this->sockets = array();

    foreach (
$sockets as $socket) {
     
$this->add($socket);
    }
  }

  function
add($add_socket) {
   
array_push($this->sockets,$add_socket);
  }

  function
remove($remove_socket) {
   
$sockets = array();

    foreach (
$this->sockets as $socket) {
      if(
$remove_socket != $socket)
       
$sockets[] = $socket;
    }

   
$this->sockets = $sockets;
  }

  function
can_read($timeout) {
   
$read = $this->sockets;
   
socket_select($read,$write = NULL,$except = NULL,$timeout);
    return
$read;
  }

  function
can_write($timeout) {
   
$write = $this->sockets;
   
socket_select($read = NULL,$write,$except = NULL,$timeout);
    return
$write;
  }
}
?>
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daveb at optusnet dot com dot au
11 years ago
If you haven't done any network programming before, PHP's socket_select() might appear a bit strange to you. I've written a simple php "partyline" script to demonstrate the multi-socket use of select'ing at http://dave.dapond.com/socketselect.php.txt
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Aaron (aaron at acephalo dot us)
4 years ago
socket_select() can also serve as a more granular sleep():

<?php
 
# half-second sleep
 
$undef = array();
 
socket_select($undef, $undef, $undef, 0, "500000");
?>
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