multiplexer man page

multiplexer — One-to-many communication with sockets.

Synopsis

package require Tcl 8.2

package require logger

package require multiplexer ?0.2?

::multiplexer::create

${multiplexer_instance}::Init port

${multiplexer_instance}::Config key value

${multiplexer_instance}::AddFilter cmdprefix

cmdprefix data chan clientaddress clientport

${multiplexer_instance}::AddAccessFilter cmdprefix

cmdprefix chan clientaddress clientport

${multiplexer_instance}::AddExitFilter cmdprefix

cmdprefix chan clientaddress clientport

Description

The multiplexer package provides a generic system for one-to-many communication utilizing sockets. For example, think of a chat system where one user sends a message which is then broadcast to all the other connected users.

It is possible to have different multiplexers running concurrently.

::multiplexer::create

The create command creates a new multiplexer 'instance'. For example:

set mp [::multiplexer::create]

This instance can then be manipulated like so:

${mp}::Init 35100
${multiplexer_instance}::Init port
This starts the multiplexer listening on the specified port.
${multiplexer_instance}::Config key value

Use Config to configure the multiplexer instance. Configuration options currently include:

sendtoorigin
A boolean flag. If true, the sender will receive a copy of the sent message. Defaults to false.
debuglevel
Sets the debug level to use for the multiplexer instance, according to those specified by the logger package (debug, info, notice, warn, error, critical).
${multiplexer_instance}::AddFilter cmdprefix

Command to add a filter for data that passes through the multiplexer instance. The registered cmdprefix is called when data arrives at a multiplexer instance. If there is more than one filter command registered at the instance they will be called in the order of registristation, and each filter will get the result of the preceding filter as its argument. The first filter gets the incoming data as its argument. The result returned by the last filter is the data which will be broadcast to all clients of the multiplexer instance. The command prefix is called as

cmdprefix data chan clientaddress clientport
Takes the incoming data, modifies it, and returns that as its result. The last three arguments contain information about the client which sent the data to filter: The channel connecting us to the client, its ip-address, and its ip-port.
${multiplexer_instance}::AddAccessFilter cmdprefix

Command to add an access filter. The registered cmdprefix is called when a new client socket tries to connect to the multixer instance. If there is more than one access filter command registered at the instance they will be called in the order of registristation. If any of the called commands returns -1 the access to the multiplexer instance is denied and the client channel is closed immediately. Any other result grants the client access to the multiplexer instance. The command prefix is called as

cmdprefix chan clientaddress clientport
The arguments contain information about the client which tries to connected to the instance: The channel connecting us to the client, its ip-address, and its ip-port.
${multiplexer_instance}::AddExitFilter cmdprefix

Adds filter to be run when client socket generates an EOF condition. The registered cmdprefix is called when a client socket of the multixer signals EOF. If there is more than one exit filter command registered at the instance they will be called in the order of registristation. Errors thrown by an exit filter are ignored, but logged. Any result returned by an exit filter is ignored. The command prefix is called as

cmdprefix chan clientaddress clientport
The arguments contain information about the client which signaled the EOF: The channel connecting us to the client, its ip-address, and its ip-port.

Bugs, Ideas, Feedback

This document, and the package it describes, will undoubtedly contain bugs and other problems. Please report such in the category multiplexer of the Tcllib Trackers [http://core.tcl.tk/tcllib/reportlist]. Please also report any ideas for enhancements you may have for either package and/or documentation.

Keywords

chat, multiplexer

Category

Programming tools

Info

0.2 tcllib One-to-many communication with sockets.