Socket Timeout


i wrote a TCP Server with C++ (Linux)...

my question is how can i handle a timeout in the recv function?

as example if my server stand in the recv function and the client dont respronse for 1 minute i want to close the connection.

how can i do this?
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Use select before recv.
woiglAuthor Commented:
Can you give me example source?
Something like this

int fd = -1; // This is the socket you have created.

fd_set readset;
struct timeval tv;
int ret = -1;
// Initialize the set
FD_SET(fd, &readset);
tv.tv_sec = 1;
tv.tv_usec = 0;

ret = select (FD_SETSIZE, &readset, NULL, NULL, &tv); // Wait for one second

if (ret == 0) // Timeout
else if (ret < 0) // Some error
      // Use recv

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FYI: select can check more than one read socket at a time. You would have to call FD_SET for any socket you want to include.

An alternative method than using select is to set the socket to non-blocking. Then, a call to recv would return immediately, normally with SOCKET_ERROR that indicates that there is nothing to read.

    // set the socket to non-blocking
    unsigned long argp = 1;
    ioctlsocket (sock, FIONBIO, &argp);

   int timeoutCounter = 0;
   int timeout            = 10;  // 10 milliseconds
   while (timeoutCounter < 1000 / timeout)            
        int bytes = recv(sock, buffer, sizeof(buffer)-1,0);
        if (bytes == SOCKET_ERROR)
            // nothing to read
            if (WSAGetLastError() == WSAEWOULDBLOCK)
               // sleep a little while
               continue;    // try again
                cout << "ClientThread: recv error " << WSAGetLastError() << endl;
         timeoutCounter = 0;  // reset counter
         // do something with buffer

Regards, Alex
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