[swift-users] Bls: GCD and Process

Mr Bee pak.lebah at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 6 01:53:06 CST 2017

How to make my app alive to make the second queue finish its job? What I want is:
- start program- start an external process from a thread (asynchronously)- start another thread after 5 seconds to terminate the process from the other thread- end program
That's all. 
–Mr Bee

    Pada Jumat, 6 Januari 2017 14:49, Shawn Erickson <shawnce at gmail.com> menulis:

 It looks like you aren't keeping your app alive to allow the secondary queue to reliably execute the closures you queue with it. It isn't really clear what you want to attempt so it hard to suggest the correct way to do things.

On Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 11:39 PM Mr Bee via swift-users <swift-users at swift.org> wrote:

Hi all,
I'm currently still learning Swift 3. Now I'm playing around with GCD (grand central dispatch). I'd like to start an external process using Process from an asynced thread, and create another thread to stop that external process after some times. Here's what I do…
import Foundationimport Dispatch
extension Process {  func execute(command: String, currentDir: String = "~", arguments: [String] = [], input: String = "") -> String {    if !input.isEmpty {      let pipeIn = Pipe()      self.standardInput = pipeIn      // multiple inputs are separated by newline      if let input = input.data(using: String.Encoding.utf8) {        pipeIn.fileHandleForWriting.write(input)      }    }        let pipeOut = Pipe()    self.standardOutput = pipeOut        self.arguments = arguments    self.launchPath = command    self.currentDirectoryPath = currentDir        self.launch()    let output = pipeOut.fileHandleForReading.readDataToEndOfFile()    self.waitUntilExit()        return String(data: output, encoding: String.Encoding(rawValue: String.Encoding.utf8.rawValue))!  }}
//print(Process().execute(command: "/bin/ls", arguments: ["-l"]))
var cmd = Process()
DispatchQueue.global(qos: .default).async {  print("Executing...")  let s = cmd.execute(command: "/bin/ls", arguments: ["-l"])  print(s)}
DispatchQueue.global(qos: .default).asyncAfter(deadline: DispatchTime.now() + .seconds(5)) {  if cmd.isRunning {    print("Terminating...")    cmd.terminate()  }}
The code doesn't work as expected. The execute() function itself works fine (uncomment the call in the middle of the code), but I don't know why it doesn't work if it's called from within DispatchQueue closure. Even if I call a much more simple function —like a for loop— it doesn't work consistenly, sometimes the loop is completed, but other times it's not.
Google didn't really help me because this topic is pretty rare I suppose. Could anyone enlight me, how to make the code works as I expected? What did I do wrong?
Thank you.

–Mr Bee
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