[Catalyst] $c->write() buffering?

Daniel J. Luke dluke at geeklair.net
Thu Oct 31 14:12:18 GMT 2013

We're actually running Catalyst::Runtime 5.80031 (currently), so I believe it's using Catalyst::Engine::FastCGI which just does *STDOUT->syswrite()

I guess I try to do some testing with newer Catalyst (and maybe alternate deployment methods), to see if that changes anything. Looking through the Changelog, I didn't see anything specifically related to this, though (although I imagine the Plack stuff makes it somewhat different in the more recent releases). 

On Oct 30, 2013, at 11:03 PM, Hailin Hu <i at h2l.name> wrote:
> It is an engine relevant stuff.
> Find which engine you are using ( for example, Plack::Handler::FCGI )
> and look around codes around write(r), you may find something.
> Good luck :)
> On Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 9:51 AM, Daniel J. Luke <dluke at geeklair.net> wrote:
>> I've got some legacy CGI code that does a bunch of processing and uses the old hack of $| = 1; print "foo\n"; do_work(); print "foo done\n"; etc. (solution #1 from http://wiki.catalystframework.org/wiki/longcomputations)
>> While I'll eventually convert it to a job queue, I'd like to create an output-identical implementation first with Catalyst, however it seems like I'm getting output buffering when I don't want it.
>> As a very simple test, I've set up apache 2.2, mod_fastcgi (FastCgiExternalServer with -flush and without -flush) and a method like this:
>> sub test: Local {
>>    my ($self, $c) = @_;
>>    $c->res->body('');
>>    $c->response->content_type( 'text/plain; charset=utf-8' );
>>    $c->finalize_headers;
>>    my $i;
>>    for($i=1;$i<8;$i++) {
>>        $c->write("$i: foo bar baz\n");
>>        sleep(1);
>>    }
>> }
>> I see all the data at once in my browser instead of a line every second, and with tcpdump, can see that all of the data is coming back in one packet and not in 8+ smaller packets like I expect. If I make the string that gets passed to write longer, I get several packets, but all at once (and not with each iteration through the for loop).
>> Am I missing something obvious? Is there some way to get the behavior I'm expecting?

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