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QLocalServer & QLocalSocket

Published on Friday February 22, 2008 by Benjamin Meyer in Qt KDE | Comments

Finishing off IPC features in 4.4, two small classes that have been added are QLocalServer and QLocalSocket. On Windows this is a named pipe and on Unix this is a local domain socket. The API is almost identical to QAbstractSocket so switching from a local socket to a tcp socket and vice versa is very easy if you want to. For those KDE applications that are currently using KLocalServer/KLocalSocket with minor function name changes most of them should be able to switch and then they will get another feature working on Windows. If you have a Qt 4.4 snapshot in the examples/ipc/ directory you will find two new examples that are ports of the fortune server and client.

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