Andrew Andrew - 2 months ago 6x
C++ Question

Win32 select/poll/eof/ANYTHING?

Using the standard Win32 file I/O API's (CreateFile/ReadFile/etc), I'm trying to wait for a file to become readable, or for an exception to occur on the file. If Windows had any decent POSIX support, I could just do:

select(file_count, files_waiting_for_read, NULL, files_waiting_for_excpt, NULL, NULL);

And select will return when there's anything interesting on some of the files. Windows doesn't support select or poll. Fine. I figured I could take the file and do something like:


The above loop would exit when more data is available to be read. But nope, Windows doesn't have an equivalent of eof() either! I could possibly call ReadFile() on the file, and determine if it's at the eof that way. But, then I'd have to handle the reading at that point in time -- I'm hoping to simply be able to figure out that a file is readable, without actually reading it.

What are my options?


Windows has a completely different architecture for asynchronous I/O. You will need to use overlapped I/O with or without the related I/O completion ports.

Note that the standard Winsock interface does have a POSIX-like select() function, but that only works with network sockets.