Danstahr Danstahr - 2 months ago 21
Python Question

Python main thread interruption

Can anyone explain how the interrupt_main() method works in Python?

I've got this piece of Python code :

import time, thread

def f():
time.sleep(5)
thread.interrupt_main()

def g():
thread.start_new_thread(f, ())
time.sleep(10)
print time.time()
try:
g()
except KeyboardInterrupt:
print time.time()


And when I try to run it, it gives me the following output :

1380542215.5
# ... 10 seconds break...
1380542225.51


However, if I interrupt the program manually (CTRL-C), the thread is interrupted correctly :

1380542357.58
^C1380542361.49


Why does the thread interruption only occur after 10 seconds (and not 5) in the first example?

I found an ancient thread n Python mailing list, but it explains nearly nothing.

Answer

raise KeyboardInterrupt does not interrupt a time.sleep(). The former is handled entirely inside the python interpreter, the latter invokes an operating system function.

So, in your case, the keyboard interrupt was handled, but only when time.sleep() completed its system call.

Try this instead:

def g():
    thread.start_new_thread(f, ())
    for _ in range(10): 
        time.sleep(1)