Title: test_signal cannot test blocked signals if _tkinter is loaded; Tcl_Finalize()
Type: Stage:
Components: Tests, Tkinter Versions: Python 3.3
Status: closed Resolution: wont fix
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: Nosy List: gpolo, python-dev, vstinner
Priority: normal Keywords: patch

Created on 2011-05-04 10:30 by vstinner, last changed 2011-05-24 15:17 by vstinner. This issue is now closed.

File name Uploaded Description Edit
tkinter_finalize.patch vstinner, 2011-05-04 11:05 review
Messages (4)
msg135109 - (view) Author: STINNER Victor (vstinner) * (Python committer) Date: 2011-05-04 10:30
I'm working on signals, especially on pthread_sigmask(), and I'm trying to understand test_signal failures.

test_signal fails if the _tkinter module is loaded, because _tkinter loads the Tcl library which create a thread waiting events in select(). For example, "python -m test test_pydoc test_signal" fails, because test_pydoc loads ALL Python modules. I opened an issue for test_pydoc:

_tkinter.c contains the following code:
#if 0
    /* This was not a good idea; through <Destroy> bindings,
       Tcl_Finalize() may invoke Python code but at that point the
       interpreter and thread state have already been destroyed! */

Tcl_Finalize() exits the thread, but this function is never called in Python. Anyway, it is not possible to unload a module implemented in C.

I would like to know if it would be possible to mask all signals in the Tcl thread, or if Tcl supports/uses signals.

It is possible to mask all signals in the Tcl thread using:
allsignals = range(1, signal.NSIG)
oldmask = signal.pthread_sigmask(signal.SIG_BLOCK, allsignals)
import _tkinter
signal.pthread_sigmask(signal.SIG_SETMASK, oldmask)

I'm not asking the question for test_signal: I have a patch fixing test_signal, even if the Tcl zombi thread is present (use pthread_kill() to send the signal directly to the main thread).

(I wrote "zombi" thread because I was not aware that Tcl uses a thread,
nor that test_pydoc loads all modules. The thread is valid, alive, and
it's just a joke. The threads is more hidden than zombi.)

(Message copied/pasted from python-dev)
msg135111 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2011-05-04 10:38
New changeset 88dca05ed468 by Victor Stinner in branch 'default':
Issue #11998, issue #8407: workaround _tkinter issue in test_signal
msg135113 - (view) Author: STINNER Victor (vstinner) * (Python committer) Date: 2011-05-04 11:05
As suggested by Antoine, here is a patch to call Tcl_Finalize() in test_signal.

You can call create a Tcl/Tk window, destroy it, call _tkinter._finalize(), and then create a new Tcl/Tk window. But call _tkinter._finalize() crashes if there is still a running Tcl/Tk window.

We should add a safety test checking that there is no more running widget. If it is not possible to implement this, the function should only be compiled in debug mode. If it is possible, it would be nice to call _tkinter._finalize() when the last widget is destroyed and/or at Python exit.
msg136754 - (view) Author: STINNER Victor (vstinner) * (Python committer) Date: 2011-05-24 15:17
I implemented signal.pthread_kill(), so it's now possible to test pending signals in test_signal, even if _tkinter is loaded.

I don't think that we need the _finalize() hack anymore.
Date User Action Args
2011-05-24 15:17:33vstinnersetstatus: open -> closed
resolution: wont fix
messages: + msg136754
2011-05-04 11:53:37vstinnersettitle: test_signal cannot test blocked signals if _tkinter is loaded -> test_signal cannot test blocked signals if _tkinter is loaded; Tcl_Finalize()
2011-05-04 11:05:48vstinnersetfiles: + tkinter_finalize.patch

nosy: + gpolo
messages: + msg135113

keywords: + patch
2011-05-04 10:38:19python-devsetnosy: + python-dev
messages: + msg135111
2011-05-04 10:30:38vstinnercreate