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Messages are delayed in IE 11

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Hi, I’m trying to use this library with IE 11 but I get a weird behaviour: the messages are delayed and they are received by the client all at once after a certain period of time (around 2 minutes!). To test this I have a simple server in Express that emits messages every 2 secs.

In my express server, the headers I set are these:

// set timeout as high as possible

// send headers for event-stream connection
// see spec for more information
resp.writeHead(200, {
	'Content-Type': 'text/event-stream',
	'Cache-Control': 'no-cache',
	'Connection': 'keep-alive',
	'Access-Control-Allow-Origin': '*'

The messages are created like this:

var d = new Date();
resp.write('id: ' + d.getMilliseconds() + '\n');
resp.write('event:' + 'message') + '\n');
resp.write('data:' + createMsg(d) + '\n\n'); // Note the extra newline

Finally, in the client I use it as suggested:

let eventSource = new EventSource("http://localhost:4000/sse");
eventSource.addEventListener("message", (event) => console.log("message received:", event), false);
eventSource.addEventListener("open", (event) => console.log("onopen:", event), false);
eventSource.addEventListener("error", (event) => console.log("onerror:", event), false);

As I said, the messages are delayed in IE 11 and they arrive all together after 2 mins aprox.

However, if I use this other EventSource polyfill which is a fork of Yaffle/EventSource, IE11 receives the messages immediately as soon as the server sends them.

I’m wondering if your polyfill is supposed to work in IE11 or is not supported? If it is supported, do you happen to know what the issue could be?

Issue Analytics

  • State:open
  • Created 6 years ago
  • Comments:6 (3 by maintainers)

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aslakhellesoycommented, Sep 21, 2017

I wouldn’t trust any server side hacks to make this work. There is a bug in the code that needs to be fixed, period.

X-Ryl669commented, Jan 7, 2019

The “server side hack” is also present on other polyfills. I wonder if the issue is the id: d.getMilliseconds() that would return the same id since it only gives the the current number of milliseconds (from 0 to 999) for the current second. So, it’d be much better to use a increasing unique identifier.

Both IE and Edge buffers the data from the network layer, and that’s why you need the padding hack, so the JS callback are called when the buffer is full. If the id fix above doesn’t work, I wonder if you should make your event larger so the buffer hits the JS’s callback. Typically, it’s likely the AJAX connection underneath (in the polyfill implementation) times out, and tries to reconnect. In that case, you’d need to pad the connection again. That’s a real PITA, but since it’s bug in the browser, there nothing you can do against.

Please notice that IE/Edge’s polyfill emulate a streaming connection with a non-streaming based technology. So it reconnects much more frequently (you can increase the timeout on the browser’s library).

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