[ANN] Release 8.1.5 -- tsneterr

Charles Warwick charles at techstrategies.com.au
Thu Jul 13 12:52:26 CEST 2017

Hi Dan,

The resetAll command is very destructive, in that it closes all 
currently open connections.  In certain circumstances it has been 
required when using the traditional libUrl library to work around 
network errors and in order to maintain feature parity, it does also 
work with tsNet.

However I generally would not recommend using it with tsNet as there are 
other mechanisms available in tsNet to enable it to handle network 
problems more gracefully.

I recommend taking a look at the tsNetSetTimeouts function that is 
available in tsNet 1.2.10 (which is included in LC 8.1.5).  In 
particular, have a look at the pLowSpeedTime and pLowSpeedLimit 
parameters to that function.  They allow you to set a minimum number of 
bytes that must be sent/received within a specified time period for the 
connection to be considered acceptable by tsNet. If the speed of 
transfer falls below that amount, the connection will be timed out 
returning control to your script.

This should prevent connections from stalling and not returning - which 
is generally where the use of resetAll comes into play.

If you are using apps within a mobile environment where network 
connectivity can come and go frequently, it may also be worth setting 
"tsNetLibUrlReuseConnection false" at the start of your application.

Having said all of that, it is still possible to use resetAll, though 
some care must be taken.  With tsNet, it briefly disables the external 
and then re-enables it.  My guess is that another handler is trying to 
process a URL request while the resetAll is being performed.

The easiest way to see if tsNet is in use by libUrl is:

if tLibUrlDriver isemptythen
answer"tsNet is disabled"
answer"tsNet in use"
end if

Best Regards,


On 13/07/2017 4:34 AM, Dan Friedman via use-livecode wrote:
> Charles,
> Yes, I do have resetAll in my scripts.   I use it when a communications error has occurred as a way to reset and try again.  If tsNet is in play, I gather I should not call resetAll?  If not, is there something else I should be doing?  Also, is there a way (via a property) to determine if tsNet or libURL is handling the network?
> Thank you!
> -Dan
> On 7/12/17, 9:38 AM, "use-livecode on behalf of use-livecode-request at lists.runrev.com" <use-livecode-bounces at lists.runrev.com on behalf of use-livecode-request at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
>      Hi Dan,
>      The error message "Not initialised" (the spelling is correct depending
>      on where you live ;-) ) indicates that the tsNet external isn't running.
>      If you are using libUrl which I am guessing you are, tsNet is
>      initialised on startup, so this would indicate that it has either been
>      shut down by calling tsNetClose directly, or by a call to the libUrl
>      "resetAll" or "libUrlCancel" commands (which temporarily shut down the
>      external and start it back up to clear all connections).
>      I have seen code posted on the list in the past which invoked "resetAll"
>      to deal with issues in older versions of libUrl.  Do you use these
>      commands at all in your project?
>      Regards,
>      Charles
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