[docs] [issue15339] document the threading "facts of life" in Python

Chris Jerdonek report at bugs.python.org
Fri Jul 13 00:00:35 CEST 2012

New submission from Chris Jerdonek <chris.jerdonek at gmail.com>:

I think it would be helpful if the Python documentation included certain high-level information about multi-threading in Python.

At minimum, I think it would help for the documentation to provide a definition that can be linked to of what it means when some part of the Python documentation says something is "thread-safe".  In particular, such a definition could clarify that this is different from being atomic.  This might best be addressed by an entry in the glossary for the term "thread-safe".
Other documentation possibilities include stating what guarantees one should or should not expect regarding thread-safety, both within and across implementations, and providing centralized guidance on how to approach multi-threaded programming in Python.  A HOWTO is one possibility for addressing these other possibilities.

This issue stems from the discussion in issue 15329, which is more specific.

assignee: docs at python
components: Documentation
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nosy: cjerdonek, docs at python
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: document the threading "facts of life" in Python

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