Re: Timeout Exceptions and the state of DataInputStream

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Mon, 02 Apr 2012 19:40:06 -0400
On 3/28/2012 7:59 PM, Ivan Ryan wrote:

I was wondering how the DataInputStream class handles Socket timeouts.

For example, with code like the following:


DataInputStream in = new DataInputStream(someSocket.getInputStream());

long x = in.readLong()

What would happen if the stream times out when reading the long.

I think DataInputStream should just pass the SocketTimeoutException
on from the some InputStream.

Would calling in.readLong() again give the correct value. This
assumes that the socket doesn't timeout the 2nd time.

I assume that since the DataInputStream could be reading one byte at a
time, it doesn't hold internal state. This would mean that a few
bytes of the long could be lost?

Another option is that the stream would "unread" the bytes or

Unless the Java docs actually guarantees a specific behavior, then
you should not assume anything about lost or non lost. Anything could
happen and it could differ between implementation and between version.

You may need to redesign the logic.


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