QSIZE%

Syntax QSIZE% (#pipe_ch)
Location PIPES (DIY Toolkit - Vol P)

This function is designed to read the amount of characters which a pipe linked to the specified channel can hold at any one time.

Example

10 OPEN #4,pipe_200
20 QLINK #4 TO #3
25 PRINT #4,'QL DATA'
30 PRINT QSIZE% (#3), QCOUNT%(#3)
40 CLOSE #3: CLOSE #4

This short program will print 203 and 8 on screen.

This will also work with named pipes on SMS:

10 OPEN_NEW #4,pipe_test_200
20 OPEN_IN #3,pipe_test
25 PRINT #4,'QL DATA'
30 PRINT QSIZE% (#3), QCOUNT%(#3)
40 CLOSE #3:CLOSE #4

Note however, that if you re-run the program the figure returned by QCOUNT% continues increasing - this is because a named pipe does not disappear just because both ends of the pipe have been closed. You would need to add the line:

50 DELETE pipe_test

to overcome this. Alternatively, try:

DIR pipe: WDEL pipe

NOTE

A pipe can normally hold a few extra characters that the size originally given to the pipe (in the example 203 is returned on most implementations rather than 200 as might be expected). This does not cause a problem.

CROSS-REFERENCE

Refer to QLINK and also the Device Drivers Appendix. See also QCOUNT% and QSPACE%.