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Peek into blocking sockets?

Is there a way to find out whether there is data waiting in the buffer of a blocking socket? I need to read out data if it's there, or don't if it's not. Problem with blocking sockets is that once you've begun a read operation, it does not return before that many bytes are actually read, which becomes a problem if those bytes never arrive, since your script just hangs.

I've tried socket_get_status(), which says that it returns the number of unread bytes in the socket buffer, but instead it always returns 0.

I've tried to set the sockets to non-blocking, but I don't really know how to use them that way.

Can anybody help?
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nrico
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mrvithanCommented:
you might be looking for socket_select function; http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.socket-select.php

try it
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shmertCommented:
No comment has been added lately, so it's time to clean up this TA.
I will leave a recommendation in the Cleanup topic area that this question is:
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