Feature #16673

total_timeout for Net::HTTP

Added by mohamedhafez (Mohamed Hafez) 9 months ago. Updated 9 months ago.

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Net::HTTP allows setting open_timeout and read_timeout, but sometimes I just want to make sure an API call will finish within a set amount of time, and am not concerned with how long opening the connection takes and reading the connection takes individually, as long as the total is beneath a certain amount. Yes, one could set open_timeout + read_timeout to be equal to the maximum time they are willing to wait, but then for example if opening the socket happens almost immediately, I may get a read timeout when I am still willing to wait a bit longer (this is the case for the service I run, where we hit an external API that occasionally takes 60s to respond, and am trying to catch some of those longer running requests. it also occasionally takes over 5 seconds to open a connection, so I can't make open_timeout minimal either). In other languages, setting a total timeout is possible, like for example Java's HttpRequest.

My intern LevonAr (Levon Arabyan ) is willing to work on this, and put in a total_timeout option in a way that doesn't interfere with the current functioning of open_timeout and read_timeout. Would a patch to put in this feature be accepted?

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