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Date 2007-10-04.21:31:55
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The following test program crashes:

import threading, sys, subprocess

# subprocess._cleanup = lambda: None

def doit():
   for i in xrange(0, 1000):
      p = subprocess.Popen( "true" )

t = threading.Thread( target=doit )


It crashes because when one thread calls subprocess.Popen(), subprocess
calls this _cleanup() function, which might reap the subprocess started
in another thread !  The other thread might be inside
subprocess.Popen.wait(), just about to call waitpid(), and kill itself.

If you uncomment the commented line, then the program runs with no problems.

I imagine the purpose of _cleanup is to protect users from themselves,
i.e., protect a user who calls subprocess.Popen() a lot without ever
calling wait().  I suggest either:

  (1) eliminating this _cleanup() mechanism completely; people who do
not wait() deserve the zombies they get;
  (2) synchronizing _cleanup() with wait() through a lock; or,
  (3) having wait() simply retry if it gets ECHILD.  On the retry, it
will discover that returncode is set, and return normally.

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