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Re: mig and send timeouts

From: Roland McGrath
Subject: Re: mig and send timeouts
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 16:35:33 -0400 (EDT)

> I checked how I can get the file_changed RPC to timeout quickly,
> and found that WaitTime is only for the receive operation.

Well, actually it is sort of for both.  The mig waittime argument is passed
through to mach_msg's timeout argument, and having a waittime param causes
MACH_RCV_TIMEOUT bit to be set in the options.  But (reading the mach_msg
man page), if the MACH_SEND_TIMEOUT bit is set, the timeout argument will
be used for that (first).  So you could have a mig msgoption argument too
to make that happen.  

You might also consider using MACH_SEND_NOTIFY instead.  See the exception
forwarding in proc/mgt.c for an example, and read the mach_msg man page for
the details of what it does.  With that, you could quench the new
notifications (i.e. remove that port from the list) until you get the
msg-accepted notification; that is an optimization to reduce/eliminate
server overhead when the client is blocked, you can also just safely ignore
the notification and just be prepared to ignore

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