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need to close stdin pipe from proc_open() before reading stdout pipe??


I want to read/write commands and program input to/from /bin/bash
several times before I close the stdin pipe. However, reading
from cat hangs unless I first close the stdin pipe.
$descriptorspec = array(
0 => array("pipe", "r"), // stdin is a pipe that the child
will read from
1 => array("pipe", "w"), // stdout is a pipe that the child
will write to
2 => array("pipe", "w") // stderr
$process = proc_open("/bin/bash", $descriptorspec, $pipes);
if (is_resource($process)) {
// $pipes now looks like this:
// 0 => writeable handle connected to child stdin
// 1 => readable handle connected to child stdout
// 2 => readable handle connected to child stderr

echo rand()," cat...<br>\n";
fwrite($pipes[0], "cat\n");

echo rand()," hallo...<br>\n";
fwrite($pipes[0], "hallo<br>\n");
fflush($pipes[0]); # fflush() doesn't help

# ********* I don't want to fclose stdin here

echo rand()," reading stdout...<br>\n";
while(!feof($pipes[1])) {
echo fgets($pipes[1], 1024);

echo rand()," reading stderr...<br>\n";
while(!feof($pipes[2])) {
echo fgets($pipes[2], 1024);

# ********* I want to fclose stdin here, but reading from stdin
above will hang then
// It is important that you close any pipes before calling
// proc_close in order to avoid a deadlock
$return_value = proc_close($process);

echo "command returned $return_value\n";

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Jul 17 '05 #1
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