Title: Python should expose a pthread_cond_timedwait API for threading
Type: enhancement Stage:
Components: Interpreter Core Versions:
Status: closed Resolution: out of date
Dependencies: Superseder: Add a timeout functionality to common locking operations
View: 7316
Assigned To: Nosy List: BreamoreBoy, Rhamphoryncus, gregory.p.smith, pitrou
Priority: normal Keywords:

Created on 2008-06-20 23:23 by gregory.p.smith, last changed 2010-07-08 19:35 by pitrou. This issue is now closed.

Messages (3)
msg68484 - (view) Author: Gregory P. Smith (gregory.p.smith) * (Python committer) Date: 2008-06-20 23:23
Currently the threading module has loops in it such as
threading.Condition.wait's loop that attempts to acquire a lock in
non-blocking mode and if it fails, sleeps for a while and trys again. 
(with exponential backoff of sleep time from 500us to 50ms in the
current implementation).

This is inefficient.

Perhaps pthread_cond_timedwait does the same thing internally in some
implementations but even if so, it will do it a lot more efficiently
than doing it in python.

We should expose a PyThread_acquire_lock API that accepts a timeout and
uses pthread_cond_timedwait (or the equivalent on other OSes) when

caveats?  This may alter behavior with regards to KeyboardInterrupt
exceptions coming in being processed or not depending on the particular
OS timedwait implementation.
msg109299 - (view) Author: Mark Lawrence (BreamoreBoy) * Date: 2010-07-05 05:31
Is anybody with knowledge of the threading module likely to pick this one up?
msg109578 - (view) Author: Antoine Pitrou (pitrou) * (Python committer) Date: 2010-07-08 19:35
I hadn't seen this issue existed. This has been done in r80071 (see issue #7316).
Date User Action Args
2010-07-08 19:35:07pitrousetstatus: open -> closed

nosy: + pitrou
messages: + msg109578

superseder: Add a timeout functionality to common locking operations
resolution: out of date
2010-07-05 05:31:05BreamoreBoysetnosy: + BreamoreBoy
messages: + msg109299
2008-06-21 17:16:16Rhamphoryncussetnosy: + Rhamphoryncus
2008-06-20 23:23:26gregory.p.smithcreate