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Subject: Re: Callback for channel data ready ++

Re: Callback for channel data ready ++

From: Tom Weber <tom.weber_at_cryptzone.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2012 12:37:05 +0100

On Fri, March 2, 2012 12:21, Tom Weber wrote:
> The problem is that you as an application developer don't control the context
> in which the callback is called.
>
> 1) You might want to disconnect and free the session, but you can't do that
> since you have to return to a libssh2_session_ routine, which expects the
> session to be valid.
>
> 2) You might want to process the event later, and then you need an additional
> mechanism to save the event.
>
> 3) During which function call, and from which thread, can we count on the
> callback being called? We must know that exactly, to handle things like
> mutexes and resource ownership correctly. (Preferably the callback pointer
> should be provided at the function call and not saved, to make this more
> clear.)

4) It's often unclear which functions are safe to call from a callback. (This
is point 3 in reverse.) For instance, if I receive channel data in a callback,
is it safe to send a reply from within the callback? To send data back on
another channel? To change some session parameter? To start a new channel?
Etc...

-- 
Best regards,
Tom Weber
Cryptzone Group AB
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