Description

A Ruby interface for named pipes on Windows.

Prerequisites

ffi

Installation

gem install win32-pipe

Synopsis

require 'win32/pipe'
include Win32
# In server.rb
pipe_server = Pipe::Server.new("foo_pipe")
pipe_server.connect
data = pipe_server.read
puts "Got #{data} from client"
pipe_server.close
# In client.rb (run from a different shell)
pipe_client = Pipe::Client.new("foo_pipe")
pipe_client.write("Hello World")
pipe_client.close

What's a named pipe?

A pipe with a name - literally. In practice, it will feel more like a cross
between a socket and a pipe. At least, it does to me.

What good is it?

My hope is that it can be used in certain circumstances where a fork might
be desirable, but which is not possible on Windows. It could also be handy
for the traditional "piping data to a server" usage. And if you come up
with anything cool, please let us all know!

Contributions

Although this library is free, please consider having your company
setup a gittip if used by your company professionally.
http://www.gittip.com/djberg96/

Future Plans

Add transactions

License

Artistic 2.0

Warranty

This package is provided "as is" and without any express or
implied warranties, including, without limitation, the implied
warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.
(C) 2003-2014, Daniel J. Berger, All Rights Reserved.

Authors

Daniel Berger
Park Heesob