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Bug #19421 fget* doesn't work when socket resource is stored in class variable
Submitted: 2002-09-15 16:35 UTC Modified: 2002-09-19 15:40 UTC
From: taco at osisoft dot nl Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Class/Object related
PHP Version: 4.2.2 OS: Red Hat 7.1
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2002-09-15 16:35 UTC] taco at osisoft dot nl
I made a class which connects to the POP3 server at localhost. I used fsockopen to connect to the server. When I use a local variable ("$socket") then it works allright. When I store the resource in a class variable ($this->socket) the script will stall on fget*.

Work around for me: I want to use the socket resource in other member functions. After the connection is initialized a class variable references to the local variable ($this->socket =& $socket). In the member function I first must make a local variable and refer it to the class variable ($socket =& $this->socket). I can't use $this->socket directly.

So in short: I can't use a class variable with fwrite and fgets, but instead I must use local variables.

(Hope may description was clear.)

Greetings from Holland
Taco Jan Osinga


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 [2002-09-18 19:21 UTC]
Please provide a short but complete example script which shows what you're trying to do.

 [2002-09-19 01:37 UTC] taco at osisoft dot nl
I can run this example (using my own pop3 account). Unfortunatly you will see something like this:
>> USER xxxx
<< +OK Welcome to this POP3 server
>> PASS xxxx
<< +OK User is welcome
You have .... message(s)

As you see the returning messages is always one message behind. With the commented line I wanted to get the welcome message after connection, before authentication. If I therefor uncomment that line, it will stall.

I have tried several things, like using a local variable instead of a class variable. That works better, as the title shows, but it still works buggy. often it's alright, but sometimes it keeps stalling.

Currently I use this functionality without a class and than it works fine.


class TPOP3Mail
	var $server;
	var $port;
	var $user;
	var $password;
	var $socket;
	var $error;
	function TPOP3Mail($server, $port, $user, $pwd)
		$this->server = $server;
		$this->port = $port;
		$this->user = $user;
		$this->password = $pwd;
	function Connect()
		$this->socket = fsockopen($this->server, $this->port, $errno, $errstr, 3);
    if($this->socket <= 0)
			$this->error = "Could not connect to $this->server on port $this->port. Connection Error $errno. Reason: $errstr";
			return 0;
		$this->error = "";
//		fgets($this->socket, 1024); //Catching server's welcome messages
		print ">>: USER $this->user<BR>\n";
		fwrite($this->socket, "USER $this->user\r\n");	
		$result = fgets($this->socket, 1024); 
		print "<<: $result<BR>\n";
		if (substr($result, 0, 3) == "+OK")
			print ">>: PASS xxxx<BR>\n";
			fwrite ($this->socket, "PASS $this->password\r\n");
			$result = fgets($this->socket, 1024);
			print "<<: $result<BR>\n";
			if (substr($result, 0, 3) != "+OK")
				$this->error = "Error while logging on ($result)";
		else $this->error = "Error while logging on ($result)";
		if ($this->error != "") return 0;		
		return $this->socket;
	function ShowMail($nr)
		fwrite ($this->socket, "RETR $nr\r\n");
		$response = fgets ($this->socket, 1024);
		$i = 4;
		$s = ""; //stores byte size of the message
		while ($response[$i] != " ") $s .= $response[$i++];
		$response = fread($this->socket, $s);
		fgets ($this->socket, 1024);
		return $response;		
	function MailCount()
		fwrite ($this->socket, "STAT\r\n");
		$response = fgets ($this->socket, 1024);
		$i = 4;
		$s = "";
		while ($response[$i] != " ") $s .= $response[$i++];
		return $s;

//Please use an pop3 account in the following line.
$webmail = new TPOP3Mail("server", "110", "user", "pwd");
if (!$webmail->Connect()) print $webmail->error;
print "You have " . $webmail->MailCount() . " message(s).<BR><BR>\n";
print nl2br($webmail->ShowMail(1));	

 [2002-09-19 04:54 UTC]
Try uncommenting the "Catching the servers welcome messages" line of code...
This is not a support forum; you should really read the
POP3 protocol spec.

 [2002-09-19 15:40 UTC] taco at osisoft dot nl
I deliberatly commented that line. The code should fetch the welcome messages, but when I uncomment it, the stalling will occure!

I know the POP3 protocol, that's not the issue here ;-). Issue is that the fgets stalls when using it in a class structure or/and using class variables.

I've got it all working now, but without using a class. After I stripped of the TPOP3Mail class it worked immediatly.
 [2004-03-05 14:14 UTC] cosas at minovela dot com
newer versions of php has a lot of problems with sockets...
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