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Closed 14 months ago

#1271 closed enhancement (fixed)

support websockets in the python client

Reported by: Antoine Martin Owned by: alas
Priority: minor Milestone: 1.0
Component: client Version: trunk
Keywords: Cc:


We already support websockets as transport in the server, see #1136 / #1134, so we could support websockets in the python client as well. (we already have ssh, ssl, tcp and unix / named-pipes!)

I don't see the point of adding this one: we try hard to avoid copying data in the network layer and using websockets will cause more of it, using more CPU.

Change History (5)

comment:1 Changed 23 months ago by Antoine Martin

Status: newassigned

Found: https://github.com/liris/websocket-client which supports python 2.
This may help with things like #1298.

comment:2 Changed 23 months ago by Antoine Martin

Milestone: future1.0

Implemented basic support in r13558, hoping this will help debug #1298.
You can now connect using a websocket transport:

xpra attach ws/

Looking at the traffic, it's not pretty: redundant size headers, etc... #1134 may help a bit here, but ultimately this transport is very unlikely to ever perform as well as the plain xpra protocol it wraps.

Still TODO:

  • man page updates (maybe revamp the whole display connection string to avoid copying the same information everywhere)
  • support parameters on the URL
  • maybe expose the underlying TCP socket's details via get_info
  • hook ssl options
Last edited 23 months ago by Antoine Martin (previous) (diff)

comment:3 Changed 23 months ago by Antoine Martin

Minor updates:

  • r13559: added to osx moduleset
  • r13560: connection closed handling, extra socket info
  • r13562: we can now use this connection string syntax: ws[s]/username:password@host:port/path?arg=val&etc

comment:4 Changed 23 months ago by Antoine Martin

Owner: changed from Antoine Martin to alas
Status: assignednew
  • r13594: man page updates
  • r13596 seems to allow us to use SSL connections (blocked by #1213), ie with a server configured with a self-signed CA as per wiki/Encryption/SSL:
    xpra attach wss: --ssl-ca-cert=./ca.crt

(successfully establishes the SSL connection to the server but then fails because of the issue in ticket:1213#comment:3)

Excluding the wss issue above, this is ready for testing. See also #1213
@afarr: you should be able to use ws URL connection strings with the latest clients.
This is useful for testing the same transport layer used by the html5 client.

Last edited 23 months ago by Antoine Martin (previous) (diff)

comment:5 Changed 14 months ago by alas

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

Tested the permutations with 1.0.6 r15627 osx client (10.12) against a 1.0.7 r16032 fedora 25 server.

Each permutation worked without so much as a wrinkle. Good to know the clients will work over the same transport layer.


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