The connection classes represent the connection between two context. There is one base class (yoton.Connection) and currently there is one implementation: the yoton.TcpConnection. In the future other connections might be added that use other methods than TCP/IP.

class yoton.Connection(context, name='')

Inherits from object

Abstract base class for a connection between two Context objects. This base class defines the full interface; subclasses only need to implement a few private methods.

The connection classes are intended as a simple interface for the user, for example to query port number, and be notified of timeouts and closing of the connection.

All connection instances are intended for one-time use. To make a new connection, instantiate a new Connection object. After instantiation, either _bind() or _connect() should be called.



Signal emitted when the connection closes. The first argument is the ContextConnection instance, the second argument is the reason for the disconnection (as a string).


Get the hostname corresponding to this end of the connection.


Get the hostname for the other end of this connection. Is empty string if not connected.


The id of the context on this side of the connection.


The id of the context on the other side of the connection.


Get whether this connection instance is alive (i.e. either waiting or connected, and not in the process of closing).


Get whether this connection instance is connected.


Get whether this connection instance is waiting for a connection. This is the state after using bind() and before another context connects to it.


Set/get the name that this connection is known by. This name can be used to obtain the instance using the Context.connections property. The name can be used in networks in which each context has a particular role, to easier distinguish between the different connections. Other than that, the name has no function.


The pid of the context on this side of the connection. (hint: os.getpid())


The pid of the context on the other side of the connection.


Get the port number corresponding to this end of the connection. When binding, use this port to connect the other context.


Get the port number for the other end of the connection. Is zero when not connected.


This signal is emitted when no data has been received for over ‘timeout’ seconds. This can mean that the connection is unstable, or that the other end is running extension code.

Handlers are called with two arguments: the ContextConnection instance, and a boolean. The latter is True when the connection times out, and False when data is received again.


Set/get the amount of seconds that no data is received from the other side after which the timedout signal is emitted.



Close the connection, disconnecting the two contexts and stopping all trafic. If the connection was waiting for a connection, it stops waiting.

Optionally, a reason for closing can be specified. A closed connection cannot be reused.


Disconnect the connection, stopping all trafic. If it was waiting for a connection, we stop waiting.

Optionally, a reason for stopping can be specified. This is highly recommended in case the connection is closed due to a problem.

In contrast to the normal close() method, this method does not try to notify the other end of the closing.


Wait until all pending packages are send. An error is raised when the timeout passes while doing so.

class yoton.TcpConnection(context, name='')

Inherits from Connection

The TcpConnection class implements a connection between two contexts that are in differenr processes or on different machines connected via the internet.

This class handles the low-level communication for the context. A ContextConnection instance wraps a single BSD socket for its communication, and uses TCP/IP as the underlying communication protocol. A persisten connection is used (the BSD sockets stay connected). This allows to better distinguish between connection problems and timeouts caused by the other side being busy.