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    nsITransport

    This interface provides a common way of accessing i/o streams connected to some resource. This interface does not in any way specify the resource.
    Inherits from: nsISupports Last changed in Gecko 1.8 (Firefox 1.5 / Thunderbird 1.5 / SeaMonkey 1.0)

    This interface provides methods to open blocking or non-blocking, buffered or unbuffered streams to the resource. The name "transport" is meant to connote the inherent data transfer implied by this interface (that is, data is being transfered in some fashion via the streams exposed by this interface).

    A transport can have an event sink associated with it. The event sink receives transport-specific events as the transfer is occurring. For a socket transport, these events can include status about the connection. See nsISocketTransport for more info about socket transport specifics.

    Method overview

    void close(in nsresult aReason);
    nsIInputStream openInputStream(in unsigned long aFlags, in unsigned long aSegmentSize, in unsigned long aSegmentCount);
    nsIOutputStream openOutputStream(in unsigned long aFlags, in unsigned long aSegmentSize, in unsigned long aSegmentCount);
    void setEventSink(in nsITransportEventSink aSink, in nsIEventTarget aEventTarget);

    Constants

    Open flags.

    Constant Value Description
    OPEN_BLOCKING 1<<0 Open flags.
    OPEN_UNBUFFERED 1<<1  

    Generic nsITransportEventSink status codes. nsITransport implementations may override these status codes with their own more specific status codes (for example, see nsISocketTransport).

    Constant Value Description
    STATUS_READING 0x804b0008  
    STATUS_WRITING 0x804b0009  

    Methods

    close()

    Close the transport and any open streams.

    void close(
      in nsresult aReason
    );
    
    Parameters
    aReason
    The reason for closing the stream.

    openInputStream()

    Open an input stream on this transport.

    nsIInputStream openInputStream(
      in unsigned long aFlags,
      in unsigned long aSegmentSize,
      in unsigned long aSegmentCount
    );
    
    Parameters
    aFlags
    Optional transport specific flags.

    Flags have the following meaning:

    OPEN_BLOCKING If specified, then the resulting stream will have blocking stream semantics. This means that if the stream has no data and is not closed, then reading from it will block the calling thread until at least one byte is available or until the stream is closed. If this flag is NOT specified, then the stream has non-blocking stream semantics. This means that if the stream has no data and is not closed, then reading from it returns NS_BASE_STREAM_WOULD_BLOCK. In addition, in non-blocking mode, the stream is guaranteed to support nsIAsyncInputStream. This interface allows the consumer of the stream to be notified when the stream can again be read.

    OPEN_UNBUFFERED If specified, the resulting stream may not support ReadSegments. ReadSegments is only guaranteed to be implemented when this flag is NOT specified.

    aSegmentSize
    If OPEN_UNBUFFERED is not set, then this parameter specifies the size of each buffer segment (pass 0 to use default value).
    aSegmentCount
    If OPEN_UNBUFFERED is not set, then this parameter specifies the maximum number of buffer segments (pass 0 to use default value).
    Return value

     

    openOutputStream()

    Open an output stream on this transport.

    nsIOutputStream openOutputStream(
      in unsigned long aFlags,
      in unsigned long aSegmentSize,
      in unsigned long aSegmentCount
    );
    
    Parameters
    aFlags
    Optional transport specific flags.

    Flags have the following meaning:

    OPEN_BLOCKING If specified, then the resulting stream will have blocking stream semantics. This means that if the stream is full and is not closed, then writing to it will block the calling thread until ALL of the data can be written or until the stream is closed. If this flag is NOT specified, then the stream has non-blocking stream semantics. This means that if the stream is full and is not closed, then writing to it returns NS_BASE_STREAM_WOULD_BLOCK. In addition, in non- blocking mode, the stream is guaranteed to support nsIAsyncOutputStream. This interface allows the consumer of the stream to be notified when the stream can again accept more data.

    OPEN_UNBUFFERED If specified, the resulting stream may not support WriteSegments and WriteFrom. WriteSegments and WriteFrom are only guaranteed to be implemented when this flag is NOT specified.

    aSegmentSize
    If OPEN_UNBUFFERED is not set, then this parameter specifies the size of each buffer segment (pass 0 to use default value).
    aSegmentCount
    If OPEN_UNBUFFERED is not set, then this parameter specifies the maximum number of buffer segments (pass 0 to use default value).
    Return value

     

    setEventSink()

    Set the transport event sink.

    void setEventSink(
      in nsITransportEventSink aSink,
      in nsIEventTarget aEventTarget
    );
    
    Parameters
    aSink
    Receives transport layer notifications.
    aEventTarget
    Indicates the event target to which the notifications should be delivered. If null, then the notifications may occur on any thread.

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