Node.js port listening and reading from stdin at the same time

Problem

I have a socket server in Node.js and I’d like to be able to read from stdin at the same time the server is listening. It works only partially. I’m using this code:

process.stdin.on('data', function(chunk) {
for(var i = 0; i < streams.length; i++) {
// code that sends the data of stdin to all clients
}
});

// ...

// (Listening code which responds to messages from clients)

When I don’t type anything, the server responds to messages of the clients, but when I start typing something, it isn’t until I press Enter that it continues with this task. In the time between starting to type something and pressing Enter, the listening code seems to be suspended.

How can I make the server still respond to clients while I’m typing in stdin?

Problem courtesy of: pimvdb

Solution

I just wrote a quick test and had no problems processing input from stdin and http server requests at the same time, so you’ll need to provide detailed example code before I can help you. Here’s the test code which runs under node 0.4.7:

var util=require('util'),
http=require('http'),
stdin=process.stdin;

// handle input from stdin
stdin.resume(); // see http://nodejs.org/docs/v0.4.7/api/process.html#process.stdin
stdin.on('data',function(chunk){ // called on each line of input
var line=chunk.toString().replace(/\n/,'\\n');
console.log('stdin:received line:'+line);
}).on('end',function(){ // called when stdin closes (via ^D)
console.log('stdin:closed');
});

// handle http requests
http.createServer(function(req,res){
console.log('server:received request');
res.writeHead(200,{'Content-Type':'text/plain'});
res.end('success\n');
console.log('server:sent result');
}).listen(20101);

// send send http requests
var millis=500; // every half second
setInterval(function(){
console.log('client:sending request');
var client=http.get({host:'localhost',port:20101,path:'/'},function(res){
var content='';
console.log('client:received result - status('+res.statusCode+')');
res.on('data',function(chunk){
var str=chunk.toString().replace(/\n/,'\\n');
console.log('client:received chunk:'+str);
content+=str;
});
res.on('end',function(){
console.log('client:received result:'+content);
content='';
});
});
},millis);

Solution courtesy of: Rob Raisch

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