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I am accessing java objects through Cold Fusion (CFMX 6.1), and attempting to do a write+read using sockets.
I can do this fine if I do a "GET /index.cfm", but if I merely write a string to the socket, e.g. "00172AR", then the bufferedreader fails to read the returned string (i know the remote socket is returning  a string because I have tested it with a C++ socket program, and also done a packet sniff on the server).

The bufferedreader must be failing because the inputstream always returns 0 from its .available() method.

Any help most appreciated. 500 points (would give more but 500 is limit?)

here is my CF function, it uses CFscript, and nearly all the method calls to the java objects should be identical to Java.

<cffunction name="SocketIO" returntype="struct" access="public" output="true">
            <cfargument name="address" type="string" required="true">
            <cfargument name="port" type="numeric" required="true">
            <cfargument name="write_lines" type="string" required="true">
            <cfargument name="read_lines" type="numeric" required="false" default="1">
            <cfargument name="timeout" type="numeric" required="false" default=3000>
            <cfset var str = "empty">
            <cfset var socket       = createObject("java","")>
            <cfset var instr       = createObject("java","")>
            <cfset var input       = createObject("java","")>
            <cfset var output       = createObject("java","")>
            <cfset var i = 1>
            <cfset var response = structnew()>
            <cfset = arraynew(1)>
            <cfset response.connection = 0>
            <cfset response.output = 0>
            <cfset response.input = 0>
            <cfset response.status = 1>
            <cfset response.bytesavailable = 0>
                  /** initialize our socket connection to the requested host **/
                        response.connection = 1;
                        /** initialize our input/output streams  for reading and writing to the socket **/
                              sock_in = socket.getInputStream();
                              if(not output.checkError()){
                                    if(not output.checkError()){
                                          response.output = 1;
                        }catch(Any err){
                              response.output = 0;
                              response.status = 0;
                        /**if write was successful and there are bytes to read, then read**/
                        if(response.output and sock_in.available() gt 0){
                              /** read all the requested lines from the input stream **/
                              response.bytesavailable = sock_in.available();                              
                                    for(i=1; i LTE read_lines; i=i+1){
                              }catch(Any err){
                                    response.status = 0;
                              response.status = 0;
                  /** close all our open streams/buffers/sockets **/
                  }catch(Any err){
                        //don't do anything, if we got this far, we still want to return our response
                  return response;

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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
I quote:
Class InputStream

The available method for class InputStream always returns 0.
This method should be overridden by subclasses.

hannemanAuthor Commented:
Ah, interesting zzynx, i will take that out, i had seen it used in some java code, so I thought i would try it.

If I take out all checking like that, the line:


will return either "Read Timed Out" or "Connection Reset" if I increase the timeout to a large number.

hannemanAuthor Commented:
managed to solve it myself:

just do, it will get back one byte at a time, which i can concatenate into a string.

funny that readline() didnt seem to work though!


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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
>> funny that readline() didnt seem to work though
A line is considered to be terminated by any one of a line feed ('\n'), a carriage return ('\r'), or a carriage return followed immediately by a linefeed.
zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
>> just do
Bah ;°)
Would you believe that I thought that myself too?
But I didn't interprete your comment as "waiting for an answer" :°/

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hannemanAuthor Commented:
Cheers anyway zzynx!
I guess the guys running the socket server arent putting in a "line ends here" flag of any kind!
zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
if you feel like I helped you a little bit, you can always ask for the points to be decremented (to say 50)
Just a proposal ;°)
hannemanAuthor Commented:
yeah okay! i have been beating my head against this brick wall for a week now, and without your first comment, i probably wouldnt have been able to solve it myself.... so:

ee_ai_construct (btw, very imaginative name for a robot....) please decrement points to 250 and give to zzynx.

am now going to the pub to have a beer and maybe dance a jig on a table....... :-)
zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
Thanks for appreciating my efforts trying to help you.
Have a good beer/dance ;°)
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