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pcntl_alarmSetzt einen Zeitschalter für die Auslieferung eines Signals


pcntl_alarm(int $seconds): int

Erzeugt eine Zeitschaltuhr, die ein SIGALRM Signal an den Prozess senden wird, nachdem die angegebene Anzahl von Sekunden vergangen sind. Jeder Aufruf von pcntl_alarm() wird jeden zuvor erzeugten Zeitschalter abbrechen.



Die zu wartende Anzahl von Sekunden. Ist seconds 0, wird kein neuer Zeitschalter erzeugt.


Gibt die Zeitangabe in Sekunden zurück, die ein zuvor angesetzter Zeitschalter übrig hatte, bevor er ausgeliefert werden sollte, oder 0, wenn es keinen vorher angesetzten Zeitschalter gab.

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kuba at valentine dot dev
11 months ago
This is that universal timeout functionality you dreamed about and always wanted to have and guess what - it's as reliable as it gets, it's basically bulletproof. It can interrupt absolutely anything you throw at it and more, you name it - socket_connect(), socket_read(), fread(), infinite while() loops, sleep(), semaphores - seriously, any blocking operation. You can specify your own handler and just get over anything that normally would make your code unresponsive.

* Because we shouldn't handle asynchronous
* events in synchronous manner.

* Some flag we can change to know for sure
* that our operation timed out.
$timed_out = FALSE;

* Register SIGALRM signal handler to avoid
* getting our process killed when signal arrives.
pcntl_signal(SIGALRM, function($signal) use (&$timed_out) {
$timed_out = TRUE;

* Now we set our timeout for 2 seconds, but it's not set in stone
* we can call pcntl_alarm() anytime to extend or to turn if off.

* Here we do something with unpredictable outcome that could
* possibly block our program for a very long time.
* I like sockets as an example, but it can be anything.
$socket = socket_create(AF_INET, SOCK_STREAM, SOL_TCP);
$connection = socket_connect($socket, '', 6667);

* If our blocking operation didn't timed out then
* timer is still ticking, we should turn it off ASAP.
$timed_out || pcntl_alarm(0);

* And now we do whatever we want to do.
$status = $connection ? 'Connected.' : ($timed_out ? 'Timed out.' : socket_strerror(socket_last_error($socket)));
'STATUS: '. $status . PHP_EOL;
3 years ago
Use pcntl_signal_dispatch() to catch the signal, don't use declare(ticks=1) because it is ineffcient

(SIGALRM, function () {
'Received an alarm signal !' . PHP_EOL;


while (
true) {
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