Minzkraut Minzkraut - 9 days ago 8
Python Question

Keep console input line below output

[EDIT:]
I'm currently trying to make a small tcp chat application. Sending and receiving messages already works fine... But the problem is:

When i start typing a message while i receive one... it appears after the text I'm writing

Screenshot: http://s7.directupload.net/images/140816/6svxo5ui.png

[User sent > "hello", then I started writing "i am writing..." then user wrote " i sent a..." before i sent my message... so it has been placed after my input...
I want the incoming message always to be before my input !

this is my current code:
Client.py

con = connect.User()
server = raw_input("Type in the server adress \n[leave blank to use xyr.no-ip.info]\n>:")
nick =""

while nick == "":
nick = raw_input("Type in your nickname\n>:")

con.connect(server, nick)


def sender():
print("Sender started")
while 1:
msg = raw_input()
if msg == "q":
break
con.send(msg)

con.disconnect()



def receiver(server):

sock = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM)

if server == "":
server="xyr.no-ip.info"

sock.connect((server, 8000))

sock.send("%pyreceiver\n")

print("Receiver started")

while 1:
msg_in = sock.recv(1024)
if not str(msg_in).startswith("[py]" + nick):
if str(msg_in).startswith("/ua"):
print(str(msg_in)[3:])

elif str(msg_in).startswith("/u "):
print(str(msg_in)[2:])
else:

print(str(msg_in[:-1]))
#

if nick == "":
nick = "guest"
print("Name changed to ""guest""")
time.sleep(.5)

thread.start_new_thread(receiver, (server, ))
time.sleep(.5)
thread.start_new_thread(sender())


Connect.py

import socket

import time

class User():


nickel =""
def connect(self, server="xyr.no-ip.info", nick="guest"):
nickel = nick
self.sock = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM)
if server == "":
server="xyr.no-ip.info"
print("server changed to xyr.no-ip.info")
time.sleep(.5)


print("Connecting...")
self.sock.connect((server, 8000))
print("Connected")
time.sleep(.4)
self.sock.send("[py]" + nick + "\n")


self.sock.send(nick + " connected with a python client\n")
print("registered as " + nick)
time.sleep(.3)


def send(self, msg):
self.sock.send(msg + "\n")


def disconnect(self):
self.sock.close()

print("disconnected")

Answer

Your code writes everything to stdout. Whenever something arrives to either of your sender/receiver threads, it prints to stdout. The issue with that is, due to the fundamental nature of output streams, you cannot accomplish the following :

  • place incoming messages above the stuff currently being typed/echoed.

Things happen strictly in the order of occurrence. The moment something comes in, wherever the cursor is, the print statement dumps that data over there. You cannot modify that behaviour without using fancier / more powerful constructs.

In order to do what you want, I would use ncurses. You seem to be using python on Windows, so you're going to have to do some digging on how to get equivalent functionality. Check out this thread : Curses alternative for windows