Re: Why is network reading slow?

Hector Santos <>
Thu, 14 Jan 2010 21:51:24 -0500
Joseph M. Newcomer wrote:

Yes, but the file size was given as 50MB.

Its amazing how "big" is relative these days. My first computer had a
$1,500 Micropolis 10 meg drive! :)

BTW, it (the code posted) should not be an issue when just streaming
in a file of any size.

The problem begins when seeking a file.

When seeking is required, we know by using the 64 bit WIN32 file I/O
functions that it works for large +2gig files.

In one part of our server product file handing, a ISAM database with
four key index files have DWORD position indices. Issues occur as the
database grows and a index goes beyond a 32 bit value. A documented
limitation but a limitations that is not outdated.

A simple solution in the works was to use the 64 bit extended file I/O
functions which offer QUAD (double DWORD) positions. Its about to be
implemented in new major revision of our server.

For backward single source compatibility, I produced a header and
wrapper functions. Here is the *.h and *.cpp files:

// File Name : ss64lib.h

#ifndef __SS64LIB_H
#define __SS64LIB_H

#ifndef _WINDOWS_
#include <windows.h>


# define TINT INT64
# define TWORD QWORD
# define TFILESIZE INT64
# define MAXQWORD _UI64_MAX
# define MAXINT64 _I64_MAX
# define TINT DWORD
# define TWORD DWORD

TINT ssFileSeek(HANDLE hf, TINT distance,
                 WORD MoveMethod = FILE_BEGIN);
TINT ssFileEnd(HANDLE hf);
TINT ssFilePos(HANDLE hf);
BOOL ssFileRewind(HANDLE hf);
BOOL ssFileLock(HANDLE hf, TINT Offset, TINT nBytes);
BOOL ssFileUnlock(HANDLE hf, TINT Offset, TINT nBytes);

#endif // __SS64LIB_H

// File Name : ss64lib.cpp

#include "ss64lib.h"

TINT ssFileSeek(HANDLE hf, TINT dist, WORD method)
    li.QuadPart = dist;
    li.LowPart = SetFilePointer (hf, li.LowPart, &li.HighPart, method);
    if (li.LowPart == 0xFFFFFFFF && GetLastError() != NO_ERROR) {
       li.QuadPart = -1;
    return li.QuadPart;

BOOL ssFileRewind(HANDLE hf)
    return ssFileSeek(hf,0,FILE_BEGIN) == 0;

TINT ssFilePos(HANDLE hf)
    return ssFileSeek(hf,0,FILE_CURRENT);

TINT ssFileEnd(HANDLE hf)
    return ssFileSeek(hf,0,FILE_END);

BOOL ssFileLock(HANDLE hf, TINT Offset, TINT nBytes)
    LARGE_INTEGER fp, nb;
    fp.QuadPart = Offset;
    nb.QuadPart = nBytes;
    return LockFile (hf,fp.LowPart,fp.HighPart,nb.LowPart,nb.HighPart);

BOOL ssFileUnlock(HANDLE hf, TINT Offset, TINT nBytes)
    LARGE_INTEGER fp, nb;
    fp.QuadPart = Offset;
    nb.QuadPart = nBytes;
    return UnlockFile(hf,fp.LowPart,fp.HighPart,nb.LowPart,nb.HighPart);

    li.LowPart = GetFileSize(hf,(DWORD *)&li.HighPart);
    return (TINT)li.QuadPart;


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