Interprocess Communication (IPC) under OSX

Paul Dupuis paul at
Mon Dec 18 14:01:05 EST 2017

On 12/18/2017 1:49 PM, Richard Gaskin via use-livecode wrote:
> Paul Dupuis wrote:
> > I am using IPC vs Sockets...
> "IPC" is usually a generic term, encompassing a wide range of
> inter-process communications methods which includes sockets, files,
> shared memory, pipes, and more.
> Which IPC method are you using?
Using LiveCode's open process (and related statements) vs open socket
(IP) or using files.

I have a set of stacks that work perfectly under Windows. The main app
uses open process to spawn/launch the helper app standalone, which in
turn listens for messages from the parent. The main app sens a message
to the helper app, it does its thing and returns information to the main
app (a series of these exchanges actually takes place) that then the
main app senss a message for the helper exit. Check are built in for
error or by checking teh open processes to see if the helper crashes or
was quit (by a forced quit) and restart the helper is needed. As noted
it work great.

In principle, the same code should work equally great under OSX, but it
does not. And yes, if (and when) I have time, i will track down the bugs
and report them, but at the moment I was hoping for a quick fix where
someone else already on the list may have identified the OSX
idiosyncrasies and had sample code that worked around them :-)

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