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Manual Reference Pages  -  POE::COMPONENT::IKC::CLIENT (3)

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POE::Component::IKC::Client - POE Inter-Kernel Communication client



    use POE;
    use POE::Component::IKC::Client;


This module implements an POE IKC client. An IKC client attempts to connect to a IKC server. If successful, it negociates certain connection parameters. After this, the POE server and client are pretty much identical.



Syntatic sugar for POE::Component::IKC::Client->spawn.



This methods initiates all the work of connecting to an IKC server. Parameters are :
ip Address to connect to. Can be a doted-quad (’’) or a host name (’’). Defaults to ’’, aka INADDR_LOOPBACK.
port Port to connect to. Can be numeric (80) or a service (’http’).
unix Path to unix-domain socket that the server is listening on.
name Local kernel name. This is how we shall advertise ourself to foreign kernels. It acts as a kernel alias. This parameter is temporary, pending the addition of true kernel names in the POE core. This name, and all aliases will be registered with the responder so that you can post to them as if they were remote.
aliases Arrayref of even more aliases for this kernel. Fun Fun Fun!
on_connect Coderef that is called when the connection has been made to the foreign kernel. Normaly, you would use this to start the sessions that post events to foreign kernels.

Note, also, that the coderef will be executed from within an IKC channel session, NOT within your own session. This means that things like $poe_kernel->delay_set() won’t do what you think they should.

It does, however, mean that you can get the session ID of the IKC channel for this connection.

            on_connect=>sub {
                $heap->{channel} = $poe_kernel->get_active_session()->ID;

However, IKC/monitor provides a more powerful mechanism for detecting connections. See POE::Component::IKC::Responder.

on_error Coderef that is called for all connection errors. You could use this to restart the connection attempt. Parameters are $operation, $errnum and $errstr, which correspond to POE::Wheel::SocketFactory’s FailureEvent, which q.v.

However, IKC/monitor provides a more powerful mechanism for detecting errors. See POE::Component::IKC::Responder.

Note, also, that the coderef will be executed from within an IKC session, NOT within your own session. This means that things like $poe_kernel->delay_set() won’t do what you think they should.

subscribe Array ref of specifiers (either foreign sessions, or foreign states) that you want to subscribe to. on_connect will only be called when IKC has managed to subscribe to all specifiers. If it can’t, it will die(). YOW that sucks. monitor will save us all.
serializers Arrayref or scalar of the packages that you want to use for data serialization. First IKC tries to load each package. Then, when connecting to a server, it asks the server about each one until the server agrees to a serializer that works on its side.

A serializer package requires 2 functions : freeze (or nfreeze) and thaw. See POE::Filter::Reference.

The default is [qw(Storable FreezeThaw POE::Component::IKC::Freezer)]. Storable and FreezeThaw are modules in C on CPAN. They are much much much faster then IKC’s built-in serializer POE::Component::IKC::Freezer. This serializer uses Data::Dumper and eval $code to get the deed done. There is an obvious security problem here. However, it has the advantage of being pure Perl and all modules come with the core Perl distribution.

It should be noted that you should have the same version of Storable on both sides, because some versions aren’t mutually compatible.

protocol Which IKC negociation protocol to use. The original protocol (IKC) was synchronous and slow. The new protocol (IKC0) sends all information at once. IKC0 will degrade gracefully to IKC, if the client and server don’t match.

Default is IKC0.



Philip Gwyn, <perl-ikc at>


Copyright 1999-2014 by Philip Gwyn. All rights reserved.

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

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POE, POE::Component::IKC::Server, POE::Component::IKC::Responder.
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