Bijou Trouvaille Bijou Trouvaille - 10 months ago 154
Javascript Question

How to unsubscribe from a socket.io subscription?

Suppose there are objects making subscriptions to a socket server like so:

socket.on('news', obj.socketEvent)


These objects have a short life span and are frequently created, generating many subscriptions. This seems like a memory leak and an error prone situation which would intuitively be prevented this way:

socket.off('news', obj.socketEvent)


before the object is deleted, but alas, there isn't an
off
method in the socket. Is there another method meant for this?

Edit: having found no answer I'm assigning a blank method to overwrite the wrapper method for the original event handler, an example follows.

var _blank = function(){};

var cbProxy = function(){
obj.socketEvent.apply(obj, arguments)
};
var cbProxyProxy = function(){
cbProxy.apply ({}, arguments)
}
socket.on('news', cbProxyProxy);

// ...and to unsubscribe
cbProxy = _blank;

Answer

From looking at the source of socket.io.js (couldn't find it in documentation anywhere), I found these two functions:

removeListener = function(name, fn)
removeAllListeners = function(name)

I used removeAllListeners successfully in my app; you should be able to choose from these:

socket.removeListener("news", cbProxy);
socket.removeAllListeners("news");

Also, I don't think your solution of cbProxy = _blank would actually work; that would only affect the cbProxy variable, not any actual socket.io event.