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Time Out for Binaryreader from HTTPWebResponse

I’ve created VB code to download files from a web site through the use of
HTTPWebRequest, HTTPWebResponse and BinaryReader.

The HTTPWebRequest has a TimeOut property to limit how long it waits for a
corresponding HTTPWebResponse. This works just fine. However, the timeout
does not appear to apply to a BinaryReader created from the HTTPWebResponse.
I’ve had instances where the procedures will hang indefinitely during the

Is there a means to force a “time out” on the BinaryReader?

In this example, parameters are posted to the web site and a file retrieved.
No proxy is involved.

Dim myHTTPWebRequest as HTTPWebRequest
Dim myHTTPWebResponse as HTTPWebResponse
Dim sbPostData as new Stringbuilder
Dim sbWebAddress as new stringbuilder
Dim myTextWriter As TextWriter
Dim myBinaryReader As BinaryReader
Dim myBinaryWriter as BinaryWriter
Dim intBuffer As Integer = 65536
Dim byteBuffer() As Byte
Const _cnstHTTP_Accept_All As String = "image/gif, image/x-xbitmap,
image/jpeg, image/pjpeg, application/vnd.ms-excel,
application/vnd.ms-powerpoint, application/msword,
application/x-shockwave-flash, */*"
Const _cnstHTTP_ContentType_URLEncoded As String =
Const _cnstHTTP_Method_Post As String = "POST"
Const _cnstHTTP_UserAgent As String = "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0;
Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)"

‘ Create HTTPWebRequest

With sbWebAddress
.remove(0, .Length)

‘ Set post data

With sbPostData
.remove(0, .length)
End with

‘ Create web request

myHTTPWebRequest = CType(HttpWebRequest.Create(sbWebAddress.ToString) ,

' Set parms

With myHTTPWebRequest
..Accept = _cnstHTTP_Accept_All
..ContentLength = sbPostData.Length
..ContentType = _cnstHTTP_ContentType_URLEncoded
..KeepAlive = True
..Method = _cnstHTTP_Method_Post
..Referer = "http://www.bogusaddress.com/referer"
..Timeout = 60000
..UserAgent = _cnstHTTP_UserAgent

..Headers.Add("Accept-Encoding", "gzip, deflate")
..Headers.Add("Accept-Language", "en-us")
..Headers.Add("Cache-Control", "no-cache")
End With

' Send parms
myTextWriter = CType(New StreamWriter(myHTTPWebRequest.GetRequestStream),

myHTTPWebResponse = CType(myHTTPWebRequest.GetResponse, HttpWebResponse)

‘ Get file stream
myBinaryReader = New BinaryReader(myHTTPWebResponse.GetResponseStream)
myBinaryWriter = New BinaryWriter(New FileStream(“c:\temp\bogus.txt”,

' Read/write
byteBuffer = myBinaryReader.ReadBytes(intBuffer)

‘ As best as I can tell, this is where it hangs

Do While byteBuffer.Length > 0
byteBuffer = myBinaryReader.ReadBytes(intBuffer)


Jul 21 '05 #1
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