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A streaming packet parser and emitter for the Gearman protocol and Node.js.

This is a set of transform streams. The parser accepts a stream of buffers of any size and emits objects. The emitter accepts a stream of objects and emits buffers.

For packet types that include an opaque body, the body is provided as a stream by the parser. The emitter can accept either a stream for the body or a buffer or utf-8 string.


var GearmanPacket = require('gearman-packet');

  • var parser = new GearmanPacket.Parser(options);

This is an stream Transform class, so you can pipe buffers into it and it emits objects. Typical use is to pipe a socket into it and pipe the parser into something that acts on the packet objects. See Packet Objects below for details on what those look like.

The options argument is optional and takes any properties valid for a stream Transform option argument, additionally it also takes:

maxPacketSize - Any packet larger then this number of bytes will be skipped and an error emitted. If you don't specify this then per the protocol spec, packets of up to 2^32 (4,294,967,295) bytes will be accepted. As this would ordinarily cause memory issues, its highly recommended that you set this to something appropriate for your workload.

  • var emitter = new GearmanPacket.Emitter();

This too is a stream Transform class. It accepts objects like those the Parser emits and emits buffers. Typical use is to pipe the emitter into a socket and then write objects to the emitter.

Packet Objects

Packet objects have the following properties:

  • kind: 'request'|'response'|'admin'
  • type: typeobject
  • args: argsobject
  • body: boolean
  • bodySize: integer

Kind should be request or response. Type is one of the objects stored in GearmanPacket.types. Types are simple objects that look like this:

{name: 'SUBMIT_JOB', id: 7, args: ['function','uniqueid'], body: true}

The argsobject's properties must be listed in the type object's args property.

The the parser only produces body's which are streams. The streams it produces have a length attribute telling you how many bytes are in the body-- that is, its the same as the bodySize attribute on the packet object.

The emitter accepts a variety of data types for the body:

  • A buffer, in which case its emitted as-is.
  • A string, which is converted into a buffer and emitted.
  • A stream, which is piped into our output. Streams must either have a length attribute of their own or be included with a packet that has a bodySize attribute.
  • Anything else, in which we call toString() on it and then convert that into a buffer and emit it.


See example.js in the distribution.


This is intended as low-level layer for both a new, streaming-from-the-ground-up gearman client/worker library and also a gearmand-in-node project.



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