Keyboard Interrupts with python's multiprocessing Pool

Issue

How can I handle KeyboardInterrupt events with python’s multiprocessing Pools? Here is a simple example:

from multiprocessing import Pool
from time import sleep
from sys import exit

def slowly_square(i):
    sleep(1)
    return i*i

def go():
    pool = Pool(8)
    try:
        results = pool.map(slowly_square, range(40))
    except KeyboardInterrupt:
        # **** THIS PART NEVER EXECUTES. ****
        pool.terminate()
        print "You cancelled the program!"
        sys.exit(1)
    print "\nFinally, here are the results: ", results

if __name__ == "__main__":
    go()

When running the code above, the KeyboardInterrupt gets raised when I press ^C, but the process simply hangs at that point and I have to kill it externally.

I want to be able to press ^C at any time and cause all of the processes to exit gracefully.

Solution

This is a Python bug. When waiting for a condition in threading.Condition.wait(), KeyboardInterrupt is never sent. Repro:

import threading
cond = threading.Condition(threading.Lock())
cond.acquire()
cond.wait(None)
print "done"

The KeyboardInterrupt exception won’t be delivered until wait() returns, and it never returns, so the interrupt never happens. KeyboardInterrupt should almost certainly interrupt a condition wait.

Note that this doesn’t happen if a timeout is specified; cond.wait(1) will receive the interrupt immediately. So, a workaround is to specify a timeout. To do that, replace

    results = pool.map(slowly_square, range(40))

with

    results = pool.map_async(slowly_square, range(40)).get(9999999)

or similar.

Answered By – Glenn Maynard

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