[zeromq-dev] CZMQ socket event monitor

Chris Laws clawsicus at gmail.com
Mon Oct 28 00:34:09 CET 2013

A while back I saw mention of someone wanting access to the underlying
socket events. I understand that ZMQ does not attempt to promote accessing
these events, in preference for building reliability measure such as
heartbeating into the system architecture. However, I find that I need
access to these events for my architecture. I have put together a zsockmon
that I use for this and thought I'd share it, as it may be useful to others.

A candidate CZMQ implementation for accessing socket events in a CZMQ

I am in the process of building a prototype application framework that will
hopefully replace an existing system that has been identified as
problematic as it suffers from a rigid, brittle and static configuration
file defined communications architecture.

The goal is to make use of application services starting up on random tcp
endpoints and for clients to make use of dynamic discovery. This approach
works well, as demonstrated in the similar zbeacon and zyre examples.

An example of the problem I encounter (where I find I need access to socket
events) is when a service provider running a SUB socket is restarted
(crashes, upgraded, etc) I need the attached PUB sockets to detect the
disconnect, drop the socket and ask the discovery mechanism to resolve the
service again as it will now (likely) be operating on a new endpoint.

I'm open to architecture design changes if anyone has suggestions that can
resolve this kind of problem without resorting to socket events? I guess it
would involve adding another socket to these application to use for

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