"php - flushing while loop data with ajax" Answer’s



  • jQuery kill ajax request
  • ignore_user_abort()
  • ob_flush()

should do all you need in one php thread


Take a look at nickb's answer, if you're looking for a way how to do this simply it would be following algorithm:

  1. javascript opens process.php via ajax (which will do all the work AND print status reports), you have to look up whether jQuery ajax supports continuous loading
  2. if user decides to stop refreshes you'll kill loading as show in provided link

In process.php:

ignore_user_abort(); // Script will finish in background
  echo "Page: $in";

EDIT 2 requested example (bit of different and ugly, but simple). test_process.php:

// This script will write numbers from 1 to 100 into file (whatever happens)
// And sends continuously info to user
$fp = fopen( '/tmp/output.txt', 'w') or die('Failed to open');
set_time_limit( 120);

for( $i = 0; $i < 100; $i++){
    echo "<script type="text/javascript">parent.document.getElementById( 'foo').innerHTML += 'Line $i<br />';</script>";
    echo str_repeat( ' ', 2048);
    fwrite( $fp, "$in");

fclose( $fp);

And main html page:

<iframe id="loadarea"></iframe><br />
function helper() {
    document.getElementById('loadarea').src = 'test_process.php';
function kill() {
    document.getElementById('loadarea').src = '';

<input type="button" onclick="helper()" value="Start">
<input type="button" onclick="kill()" value="Stop">
<div id="foo"></div>

After hitting start lines as:

Line 1
Line 2

Appeared in the div #foo. When I hit Stop, they stopped appearing but script finished in background and written all 100 numbers into file.

If you hit Start again script starts to execute from the begging (rewrite file) so would parallel request do.

For more info on http streaming see this link

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 11 Months ago
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