[docs] [issue13077] Unclear behavior of daemon threads on main thread exit

R. David Murray report at bugs.python.org
Fri Sep 30 17:42:49 CEST 2011


R. David Murray <rdmurray at bitdance.com> added the comment:

It seems clear enough to me that when a process terminates ("the entire Python program exits") then all of its threads must terminate.  That's part of the definition of threads, to my understanding.

I think the confusion arises from the use of the word "deamon", which has been discussed as a bad thing elsewhere in this tracker.  A unix user would expect a "daemon" to keep running in the background, whereas here it is exactly the opposite.  See issue 5906 for example, where in the context of Multiprocessing it becomes even more confusing.  Perhaps a similar note that 'daemon' does not mean what it does in unix would be a good idea.

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nosy: +r.david.murray
stage:  -> patch review
versions:  -Python 2.6, Python 3.1, Python 3.4

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