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13.1.7 Pipes

A Racket pipe is internal to Racket, and not related to OS-level pipes for communicating between different processes.OS-level pipes may be created by subprocess, opening an existing named file on a Unix filesystem, or starting Racket with pipes for its original input, output, or error port. Such pipes are file-stream ports, unlike the pipes produced by make-pipe.


(make-pipe [limit input-name output-name])

input-port? output-port?
  limit : exact-positive-integer? = #f
  input-name : any/c = 'pipe
  output-name : any/c = 'pipe
Returns two port values: the first port is an input port and the second is an output port. Data written to the output port is read from the input port, with no intermediate buffering. Unlike some other kinds of ports, pipe ports do not need to be explicitly closed to be reclaimed by garbage collection.

If limit is #f, the new pipe holds an unlimited number of unread bytes (i.e., limited only by the available memory). If limit is a positive number, then the pipe will hold at most limit unread/unpeeked bytes; writing to the pipe’s output port thereafter will block until a read or peek from the input port makes more space available. (Peeks effectively extend the port’s capacity until the peeked bytes are read.)

The optional input-name and output-name are used as the names for the returned input and output ports, respectively.


(pipe-content-length pipe-port)  exact-nonnegative-integer?

  pipe-port : port?
Returns the number of bytes contained in a pipe, where pipe-port is either of the pipe’s ports produced by make-pipe. The pipe’s content length counts all bytes that have been written to the pipe and not yet read (though possibly peeked).