Chapter 21. Infrastructure: The Mailslot and Named Pipe Abstractions


Nothing lasts longer than a provisional arrangement.

 --Unknown (thanks to Olaf Barthel)

We touched on the Mailslots and Named Pipes back in Section 16.4.1 on page 321, and then we pulled our collective hand away really fast as if those subjects were much too hot to handle. We will need to be brave and give them another go, though, because the Browse Service relies on them. Sorry ’bout that, folks.

Mailslots and Named Pipes are like the wiring and plumbing in an old house.[1] It probably all made sense when it was installed, but over the years new construction has built upon the old. Some parts have been reused, some replaced, and other bits and pieces recycled in ways that make ...

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