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Old 06-11-2009, 03:51 AM   #1
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the get data from serial port function read() blocks when data not available

I am using read() in c++ to get data from a serial port. However, if no data is available on the serial port the function blocks until dta arrives.

Example code:

char m_readBuffer[255] = {0};

char* p_curChar = m_readBuffer;
ssize_t numberOfBytes = 0;
do {
const ssize_t BYTES_READ = read(m_fd, p_curChar, 1);
if (0 != BYTES_READ)
if (numberOfBytes < (SIZEOF_READBUFFER - 1))
numberOfBytes += BYTES_READ;
p_curChar = m_readBuffer + static_cast<int>(numberOfBytes);
p_curChar = 0;
} while ((sz_LF != p_curChar) ||
(sz_CR != p_curChar) ||
(0 != p_curChar));

Is there a way a either a) setting the read() funtion to timeout, b) stop the read() funtion from blocking so it returns if no data available or c) use of another funtion?
Old 06-11-2009, 04:21 AM   #2
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OK it would seem my post was a little hasty!

Change the open() function to include the flag O_NONBLOCKING does the trick.


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