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Old 10-08-2009, 01:54 PM   #1
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Ices0 and python: trying to set up server/client structure

Hi people,

I installed icecast2.3.2 and ices 0.4.

I have set up a python script (python-2.5.2) to send songs to ices.
I noticed that the script keeps running in some way, because I can store a tuple containing all the songs I would like to play.

I want to be able to determine the next song that is played.
Because the script keeps running I tried implementing a server/client architecture.
The script would be the server listening to a socket at the localhost.

This works but not completely.
I would like the messages to arrive instantly.
They wait with arriving until three songs are requested from the script.
So chronologically this looks like:
[ A song is playing ]
[ Send messages using python]
[ A new song is obtained from the script]
[ Another new song is obtained]
[ A third song is obtained and the script notices the messages]

I was thinking that this could be the result of the script going to sleep and thus not listening to the socket. However if I sent multiple messages the all arrive at the same time with the same delay. It also doesn't matter whether the songs are played completely or if I use SIGUSR1 to get a new number.

This is part of my script:
# A thread which listens to the socket
class sockserver(threading.Thread):
	def __init__(self):
	def run(self):
		global UPDSock
		host = 'localhost'
		port = 4444 
		buf = 1024
		addr = (host,port)
		UDPSock = socket(AF_INET,SOCK_DGRAM) 
		while 1:
			data = UDPSock.recv(buf)
			if not data:
				print('Client quit')

# Function called to initialize your python environment.
# Should return 1 if ok, and 0 if something went wrong.
def ices_init ():
	global songbuf
	global buflen		
	background = sockserver()
	if os.path.isdir(basedir + genre):
		searchdir = basedir + genre
		searchdir = basedir		
	songbuf = []
	for i in ext:
		cmd = 'find "' + searchdir + '" -iname "' + i + '"' 
		tempbuf = os.popen(cmd).readlines()
	buflen = len(songbuf)	
	print 'Executing initialize() function..'
	return 1
The rest of the code does not refer to the background thread and therefore I did not include it.

I use these commands from python to send the data:
host = 'localhost'
port = 4444 
addr = (host,port)
sock = socket(AF_INET,SOCK_DGRAM)
sock.sendto(' testdata',addr)
I have also checked using one python instance as the server which would run:
UDPSock = socket(AF_INET,SOCK_DGRAM) when I wanted.
When I used another python instance to send the message I did have an instant arrival.

Has anyone got an idea what is happening and how I can assure instant arrival?
Also I'm quite new to python so If anyone has a better idea to communicate with an alive python script, that is also very welcome.



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