2017-07-04 18:08


  • websocket
  • goroutine

I work the first time with goroutines and channels in go and do not come any further.

I have a websocket connection where every time a user connect a new goroutine is spawned. Now I want to stop this goroutine if the user disconnect from the websocket connection.

To manage the stop signale I have create a map of channels. Each entry can be identified by the users websocket connection. I pass the websocket connection, the map of channels for the stop signal and two other parameters to the goroutine. But the goroutine doesn't receive any values from the quit channel and I don't know why.

Here is the relevant code for the main package:

package main

import (


func wsHandler(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
    ws, err := upgrader.Upgrade(w, r, nil)
    if err != nil {
    defer ws.Close()

    data.Quit[ws] = make(chan bool)

    data.DB.ListenToTable(data.GetTableName(source), channel, data.Quit, ws)

    for {
        if _, _, err := ws.NextReader(); err != nil {
            data.Quit[ws] <- true


And the code of the data package where the goroutine is created:

package data

var Quit = make(map[*websocket.Conn](chan bool))

func (db *rethinkDB) ListenToTable(name string, ch chan Data, quit map[*websocket.Conn](chan bool), ws *websocket.Conn) {
    go func(name string, ws *websocket.Conn) {
        for {
            select {
            case <-quit[ws]:
                fmt.Println("QUIT GOROUTINE")
                res, err := r.Table(name).Changes().Run(db.session)
                if err != nil {

                var response DataFeed
                for res.Next(&response) {
                    response.NewVal.WS = ws
                    ch <- response.NewVal

                if res.Err() != nil {
    }(name, ws)

I have also tried buffered channels or pass the channel instead of the map of channels to the goroutine but without success. The fmt.Println("QUIT GOROUTINE") command is never called and the goroutine isn't sopped.

I hope someone can help me and sorry if this question was already ask but I haven't found a solution that solves my problem.

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