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= Ruby-Poll

An object-oriented implementation of poll(2) for Ruby

== Authors

 Michael Granger <ged@FaerieMUD.org>


== General Information

The poll(2) function is a select()-like function that waits for interesting
events to happen to any of an array of file descriptors. Ruby-Poll is an
object-oriented implementation of that call which encapsulates the management
and processing of the data structures involved in a Poll object. The object
interface can be used to add, remove, and modify the file descriptors being
polled and the bitmasks that determine what events they are interested in
receiving, as well as optional event handler blocks or methods for each
descriptor.

It's only been tested under Linux 2.4.x running on ix86, as that is the only
platform I have available for testing. I'd be happy to test and/or modify it to
work under other environments, assuming it has a libc with the poll() function
and someone can provide a testing/development environment. Alternately, I'd be
happy to accept patches for other platforms/OSes. If it works for you as-is on
some other platform, I'd like to hear about that, too.


== Caveats

*IMPORTANT*: This is an *beta* release. It might blow up, compromise your
security, write random data to sensitive portions of your hard drive, or
otherwise fail to work as advertised. It is intended to be used by developers
who are interested in helping out or curious onlookers who don't mind getting
a bit wet.

As mentioned above, it might not work under operating systems other than
Linux, as that's the only environment I have available for testing.

That said, I would greatly appreciate feedback on any aspect of this
software. Suggestions, feature requests, questions, design critiques, and bug
reports are most welcome. Relevant patches are particularly helpful, especially
for platforms other than those mentioned above. I may be reached by email at
<ged@FaerieMUD.org>.


== Requirements

* Ruby >= 1.6.5
* A C library with the poll() function.
* A C compiler
* The 'delegate' module (included with Ruby 1.7.x)

Optional:

* Dave Thomas's RDoc documentation tool to make HTML documentation.
* The Test::Unit module, to run the included test suite.


== Installation

  $ ruby extconf.rb
  $ make
  $ su
  # make site-install

If you have the Test::Unit module installed, you can run the test suite by
doing:

  $ make test

If you have RDoc, you can make HTML documentation in docs/html by doing:

  $ make docs


== More Information

You can find more information about Ruby-Poll, including the latest version, at
its project page:

  http://www.devEiate.org/code/Ruby-Poll.shtml


== Legal

Ruby-Poll is Open Source Software which is Copyright (c) 2001,2002 by The
FaerieMUD Consortium.

You may use, modify, and/or redistribute this software under the same terms as
Ruby itself.

THIS PACKAGE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES,
INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTIBILITY AND
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.


 $Id: README,v 1.4 2002/07/18 15:35:44 deveiant Exp $