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curl_multi_socket + libev: monitoring data?

From: Felix E. Klee <>
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2012 12:00:54 +0200

In the example "evhiperfifo.c", a named pipe is created and monitored.
When new URLs are sent to the pipe, line by line, then for every URL a
cURL easy handle is created.

Now, in want to change this process a little bit:

* I want to have URLs read from a database. So, naturally, there would
  be no monitoring of a named pipe.

* I want to only have a certain number of easy handles. This is in order
  not to exceed the system's limits, and in order not to make individual
  transfers too slow.

My idea:

  Every time after a call to "curl_multi_socket_action()", a MySQL
  database is checked for new URLs. Then, for each URL, a new easy
  handle is created, until a certain maximum number of handles has been

  Background info: There is a separate process that times out URLs in
  the database, in order to prevent the queue from flowing over.


* Is there any problem if program flow is paused right after calling

* During connection to database (possibly slow), downloads will continue
  "in the background" under UNIX, right?
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Received on 2012-06-10