[issue1606] Doc: subprocess wait() may lead to dead lock
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Thu Dec 13 03:25:02 CET 2007
Christian Heimes added the comment:
Guido van Rossum wrote:
> Why not simply reverse the wait() and read() calls?
I don't think it is sufficient if the user uses more than one pipe. The
subprocess.communicate() and _communicate() methods are using threads
(Windows) or select (Unix) when multiple pipes for stdin, stderr and
stderr are involved.
The only safe way with multiple pipes is communicate([input]) unless the
process returns *lots* of data. The subprocess module is buffering the
data in memory if the user uses PIPE or STDIN.
The subprocess module also contains a XXX comment in the unix version of
# XXX Rewrite these to use non-blocking I/O on the
# file objects; they are no longer using C stdio!
Should I create another bug entry for it?
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