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Raku binding for POSIX message queues

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use MQ::Posix;

my $queue = MQ::Posix.new(name => 'test-queue', :create, :r );

react {
    whenever $queue.Supply -> $buf {
        say $buf.decode;
    whenever signal(SIGINT) {

And in some separate process:

use MQ::Posix;

my $queue = MQ::Posix.new(name => 'test-queue', :create, :w );

await $queue.send("some test message", priority => 10);



POSIX message queues offer a mechanism for processes to reliably exchange data in the form of messages

The messages are presented as a priority ordered queue with higher priority messages being delivered first and messages of equal priority being delivered in age order.

The mechanism is simple, having no provision for message metadata and so forth and whilst reliable, unread messages do not persist beyond the lifetime of the running kernel.


If you have a working installation of Rakudo you should be able to install this with zef :

zef install MQ::Posix

# or from a local clone

zef install .


This should work on any operating system that has good modern POSIX support, however some systems may not enable kernel message queues by the default and you may need some kernel build configuration to do so. Also the limits and defaults for number of messages and maximum message sizes are set in different ways as this is not explicitly stated in the standard, on Linux, for example, you can use the sysctl interface to control these parameters, on other systems you may need to supply them as kernel build configuration.

If this doesn't work as expected or you have new features that you would like to see please post in https://github.com/jonathanstowe/MQ-Posix/issues

This is free software, please see the LICENCE for details.

© Jonathan Stowe 2017 - 2021