I understand your point but since I wasn't getting any response and never received a confirmation email from the system telling me that my email account had been verified, I wasn't sure that the original post was actually sent to the community. Oddly enough I got an email from the system this morning asking me to verify my email address - again :s
Fair enough, I've been on that boat before. :)
You might want to contact whoever manages the VPN - it sure sounds like it needs to always be up!The VPN connection is not always available. I'm afraid I don't have much control over the VPN myself and I believe only the Oracle port has been opened in this VPN.
MN> Essentially, you want ocilogon (complex network function to login to a MN> networked Oracle [in this case] server) to timeout just like fsockopen MN> (fairly simple function to open a socket, including network resources). MN> My suggestion is to try connecting using fsockopen, with the timeout. MN> If it successfully connects - chances are, the majority of the time, MN> your ocilogon that follows will work as well.Let us on the list know how/whether or not this works, It's definitely worth having some info on.
That's a good idea, I'll try to connect to the Oracle port thru fsockopen.
MN> Another dirty little trick you might use is running the ocilogon in a MN> separate script and making use of set_time_limit() to make sure it MN> doesn't run too long. Just be sure not to set_time_limit() for your MN> whole set of scripts, unless you really want them to abort after the 5 MN> or 10 second limit you're setting ocilogon (unlikely).No no no - include() should be the same as if you just placed the code right where the include is, so it would apply it to the whole script.
I'm not sure if I can set the time limit (safemode...) but are you saying
that set_time_limit only affects the script that you include and not the
You'll have to call out separately and make it another process, and exec or something - a small script whose sole intention is to determine if the VPN is up. exec() or the likes - like I said - dirty trick/hack. The idea is to just have it return 0 or 1 [actually, depending on how the time limit works, it may not return anything if it ends prematurely]. Definitely try the fsockopen bit first, and give it a few go's if it's not working.
I'll try the fsockopen "connection test" on the oracle port. Thanks for your help.
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