nsIPipe represents an in-process buffer that can be read using nsIInputStream and written using nsIOutputStream. The reader and writer of a pipe do not have to be on the same thread. As a result, the pipe is an ideal mechanism to bridge data exchange between two threads. For example, a worker thread might write data to a pipe from which the main thread will read.
Each end of the pipe can be either blocking or non-blocking. Recall that a non-blocking stream will return NS_BASE_STREAM_WOULD_BLOCK if it cannot be read or written to without blocking the calling thread. For example, if you try to read from an empty pipe that has not yet been closed, then if that pipe's input end is non-blocking, then the read call will fail immediately with NS_BASE_STREAM_WOULD_BLOCK as the error condition. However, if that pipe's input end is blocking, then the read call will not return until the pipe has data or until the pipe is closed. This example presumes that the pipe is being filled asynchronously on some background thread.
The pipe supports nsIAsyncInputStream and nsIAsyncOutputStream, which give the user of a non-blocking pipe the ability to wait for the pipe to become ready again. For example, in the case of an empty non-blocking pipe, the user can call AsyncWait on the input end of the pipe to be notified when the pipe has data to read (or when the pipe becomes closed).
NS_NewPipe2 and NS_NewPipe provide convenient pipe constructors. In most cases nsIPipe is not actually used. It is usually enough to just get references to the pipe's input and output end. In which case, the pipe is automatically closed when the respective pipe ends are released.
This interface is intended to be used as an instance. To create an object implementing this interface:
var obj = Components.classes["@mozilla.org/pipe;1"]. createInstance(Components.interfaces.nsIPipe);
This interface is implemented by the following components:
readonly nsIAsyncInputStream inputStream
The pipe's input end, which also implements nsISearchableInputStream.
readonly nsIAsyncOutputStream outputStream
The pipe's output end.
void init ( PRBool nonBlockingInput , PRBool nonBlockingOutput , PRUint32 segmentSize , PRUint32 segmentCount , nsIMemory segmentAllocator )
Initialize this pipe
Reference documentation is generated from Mozilla's source.