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Service worker stream transferring
"use strict";
const worker = new Worker("worker.js");
self.onfetch = e => {
const transform = new TransformStream(); // creates an identity transform
e.respondWith(new Response(transform.readable));
// Give the worker the writable end. An identity transform stream will just shuffle
// bytes written there into transform.readable.
worker.postMessage(transform.writable, [transform.writable]);
// transform.writable has now been transferred/neutered/detached.
// This means that transform.writable.getWriter() will never work anymore in this thread.
// However, the *creator* of transform.writable (i.e., the logic inside
// new TransformStream()) can still see data that is written to it. That logic
// will then shuffle it over to transform.readable.
"use strict";
self.onmessage = ({ data: writableStream }) => {
const writer = writableStream.getWriter();
writer.write(new Uint8Array([1, 2, 3, 4]));
// You can, of course, do the writing/closing asynchronously.
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kettanaito commented Oct 17, 2022

Hey, @domenic. Thank you for this example.

Do you have any idea why responding with a ReadableStream from a service worker would render an unreadable response on the client?

// worker.js
self.addEventListener('fetch', (event) => {
  const stream = new ReadableStream({
    start(controller) {
  const response = new Response(stream)

Whenever I try to read this response on the client, I get a FetchError:

fetch('/resource').then(r => r.text())
// TypeError: Failed to Fetch

I apologize if this is a question indirectly related to the gist above but I could really use your advice. Thanks.


Use new TextEncoder().encode('data') before passing it to the stream.

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guest271314 commented Oct 17, 2022

Are you performing any other fetches client side? fetch event can be called multiple times for the document itself, icons, etc. You can include a query string in the URL requested , or use other means to identify the request where a Response() with ReadableStream passed is expected

  if (event.request.url.includes('stream')) {
      new Response(readable, {
        cache: 'no-store',
        headers: { 'Content-Type': 'application/octet-stream' },

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kettanaito commented Oct 17, 2022

@guest271314, no, I'm not. It's a test page and I'm doing only that request. For some reason, the way I'm handling it in the example above is incorrect. So it's not a request-matching issue. I do have a slightly more complex setup than above, so maybe some other things affect this.

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guest271314 commented Oct 18, 2022

@kettanaito Try passing a Uint8Array to enqueue().

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kettanaito commented Oct 20, 2022

@guest271314, yes, that was the root cause! 🎉 I've come to discover it as well. You should transfer encoded data over ReadableStream.

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