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Author neologix
Recipients christian.heimes, hynek, jcea, neologix, pitrou, tarek, vstinner
Date 2013-08-16.16:47:14
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> I do many calls on urandom() so that's the FD bottleneck.
>> So os.urandom() isn't your biggest problem here.
> Of course it is. But it looks like you know better without having looked at
> the code. :)

So please explain me :-)
os.urandom() can only be called by one thread/greenlet at a time.
So I assumed you're using a per-client thread/greenlet, and so a
per-client socket. So, you have O(N) open sockets, which are
long-lived. OTOH, you can only have so many threads inside
os.urandom() at a time, since it's short lived, and the FD is closed
as soon as urandom() returns. So I would assume that you have
asymptotically at least as many open sockets than FDs open to

>> I'd suggest you to just open '/dev/urandom' once,
>> and then make all your threads/green-threads read from it.
> Let me know how to do this without being able to prevent the API to close
> the FD everytime.

Simply open('/dev/urandom', 'rb').

>> IMO os.urandom() is a really poor API ;-)
> Then we should improve it or deprecate it.

I don't think it can be fixed. I think Christian's working on a PEP
for random number generators, which would probably make it easier,
although I din't have a look at it.
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