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Title: IDLE debugger causes crash if not quitted properly before next run
Type: crash Stage: resolved
Components: IDLE Versions: Python 3.6, Python 3.4, Python 3.5, Python 2.7
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: terry.reedy Nosy List: THRlWiTi, markroseman, python-dev, sanad, terry.reedy
Priority: normal Keywords: patch

Created on 2015-06-15 15:57 by THRlWiTi, last changed 2022-04-11 14:58 by admin. This issue is now closed.

File name Uploaded Description Edit
fix-mainloop2.patch markroseman, 2015-09-23 03:41 review
Messages (7)
msg245384 - (view) Author: Thrlwiti (THRlWiTi) * Date: 2015-06-15 15:57
# Open a module using IDLE
# Run the module (Press F5)
# Activate the debugger ([DEBUG ON])
# Set a breakpoint in the module
# Run the module again
# Run the module for the third time
# Hit the Quit button in Debug Control window (twice, as the first click appears to do nothing)

Congratulations! You got yourself a crash!
After a while, a window dialogue appears asking "Do you want to end this process?". Click "End Process" (As there doesn't seem to be any other way).

One way to avoid this crash is to press quit before the third run. But even without it, this shouldn't happen. Sometimes the programmer may simply forget that there is an active debugger running...

I'm using 
Python 3.4.3 (v3.4.3:9b73f1c3e601, Feb 24 2015, 22:43:06) [MSC v.1600 32 bit (Intel)] on win32
(Windows 8.1)
msg245522 - (view) Author: Terry J. Reedy (terry.reedy) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-06-19 19:54
This seems like an extension of #15348, but I will leave it open for now.  The additional details may be useful.
msg247021 - (view) Author: sanad (sanad) * Date: 2015-07-21 08:43
I have reviewed the patch( submitted in issue #15348 and works very well for solving this  particular issue too. Although I have checked it only on Linux but it works arguably fine.
msg247221 - (view) Author: Terry J. Reedy (terry.reedy) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-07-23 16:33
Thank you for testing this.  I am hoping that you left the patch applied for testing in routine use.  I an now reviewing the code so I can understand it well enough to apply, and to see what non-debug functions might possibly be affected, and need testing with the patch applied.
msg251400 - (view) Author: Mark Roseman (markroseman) * Date: 2015-09-23 03:41
Like #15347 and #15348, this was also caused by nested event loops, though the exact problem is slightly different.  I've attached fix-mainloop2.patch which has a lengthy comment explaining the problem and how the patch solves it. 

This patch also includes the changes from fix-nested-mainloop.patch.
msg255033 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2015-11-21 00:37
New changeset f51467273d3b by Terry Jan Reedy in branch '2.7':
Issue #24455: Prevent IDLE from hanging when a) closing the shell while the

New changeset 1ddd77a5e8c8 by Terry Jan Reedy in branch '3.4':
Issue #24455: Prevent IDLE from hanging when a) closing the shell while the
msg255036 - (view) Author: Terry J. Reedy (terry.reedy) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-11-21 01:38
Patch does two things.  On startup, check if debugger is already active and if it is, send 'finish' signal to existing interaction and try again after .1 second. This is the part aimed at the particular problem of this issue.

During active running, use the tcl vwait mechanism intended for suspending and resuming a function without blocking the event loop.  Using root.mainloop and root.quit for this purpose was a hack that sort of worked but created the shutdown problems in #15347 and #15348.

To further explain the suspend/resume ping-ponging of control: IDLE's bebugger is based on the bdb.Bdb debug engine.  User interaction is added by overriding Bdb.user_xyz methods.  The overrides tell Bdb what to do after they return by calling Bdb.set_uvw methods.  idlelib.Debugger.Idb defines .user_line and .user_exception, which are called when the debugger stops on a line or with an exception.  Both end by calling Debugger.Debugger.interaction.  This method updates the gui and activates the buttons.  It must then pause (now with vwait waitvar) and allow button presses (and other IDLE gui events) to be handled *without* returning.  (The stdlib pdb can instead just call "cmd = input('pdb>')" and block waiting for user input.) When a debugger button is pressed, a Bdb.set_uvw method is called and waitvar is set.  Then .interaction resumes, disables the buttons, and returns so Bdb can do the action requested.  Thanks Mark for working this out and finding the proper pause/resume method.

On my Windows 10 machine, at least, the patch did not completely solve the hang-on-close issues.  One or two exceptions are raised instead of hanging. This is improvement. Details are on #15348.  Pending a better solution, I added try-except around the gui.interaction call to ignore the exception.

After numerous tests (at least 10) where I started and either stopped the debugger or restarted from the editor, I encountered a hang. But this was not something I could reproduce, and Restart Shell worked, whereas it had not previously.
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:58:18adminsetgithub: 68643
2015-11-21 01:38:42terry.reedysetstatus: open -> closed
messages: + msg255036

assignee: terry.reedy
resolution: fixed
stage: resolved
2015-11-21 00:37:42python-devsetnosy: + python-dev
messages: + msg255033
2015-09-23 03:41:17markrosemansetfiles: + fix-mainloop2.patch
keywords: + patch
messages: + msg251400
2015-09-18 16:46:12markrosemansetnosy: + markroseman
2015-07-23 16:33:09terry.reedysetmessages: + msg247221
2015-07-21 08:43:41sanadsetnosy: + sanad
messages: + msg247021
2015-06-19 19:54:21terry.reedysetnosy: + terry.reedy

messages: + msg245522
versions: + Python 2.7, Python 3.5, Python 3.6
2015-06-15 16:16:18THRlWiTisettype: crash
2015-06-15 15:57:30THRlWiTicreate