[Edu-sig] Strange transitive import problem
john.zelle at wartburg.edu
Mon Feb 12 20:23:27 CET 2007
You have identified the crux of the matter. Basically what happens is that the
import apparently locks the interpreter so that the graphics thread does not
get a chance to run (import is atomic?). So any call into the graphics
library (like creating a GraphWin) deadlocks, since the call cannot return
until the thread runs, and the thread won't run until the import is complete.
I could "fix" this by having my graphics package delay the thread launch until
the first graphics call is made. But that means _every_ graphics operation
will have to check to see if the thread has been launched yet. Even if that's
not a big efficiency issue (I'm not sure), it feels too ad hoc to me, so I've
resisted doing it. I may resort to that in the next release.
By the way, I personally would pair the initGraphics() with a closeGraphics()
operation that closes the window clean up at the end.
On Monday 12 February 2007 10:59 am, Peter Drake wrote:
> I tried just tacking all of my procedural wrappers on to the end of
> your file so there would be no transitive import. Surprisingly, that
> didn't work. The trick you mention below DOES work, and I'll use that
> as a workaround.
> A clue, then: it's not the transitive importing that causes the
> problem, it's the importing of a file that calls GraphWin().
> Peter Drake
> Assistant Professor of Computer Science
> Lewis & Clark College
> On Feb 9, 2007, at 1:09 PM, John Zelle wrote:
> > Peter,
> > I should have caught this when you posted your file. There is a
> > bizarre import
> > interaction that I am aware of, but can't say that I fully understand
> > regarding my graphics library. It seems that Python imports are in
> > some-way,
> > somewhat atomic, and with the way my graphics library is set up
> > this can
> > produce this deadlock. I have a workaround for you. Move the
> > graphics setup
> > code in your module into a function:
> > def initGraphics():
> > global root
> > root = z.GraphWin()
> > print "If you can't see the graphics window,"
> > print "it's probably at the upper left"
> > print "of your screen, behind this one."
> > Then call this function once at the start of your graphics
> > programs. This is
> > what will now pop up the window. So your "junk" program becomes:
> > from graphics2 import *
> > print "imported graphics2"
> > initGraphics()
> > background("red")
> > If someone has a better understanding of Python module imports and
> > why that
> > causes a problem with my graphics package, I'd love to know how to
> > fix this
> > problem rather than working around it.
> > --John
> > On Friday 09 February 2007 1:36 pm, Peter Drake wrote:
> >> The graphics2.py file I supplied earlier (http://www.lclark.edu/
> >> ~drake/courses/cs0/graphics2.py) is a procedural front-end for
> >> Zelle's graphics.py.
> >> If I run the graphics2.py module, everything works fine, and I can
> >> issue commands interactively.
> >> A problem happens if I write ANOTHER program, say junk.py:
> >> from graphics2 import *
> >> print "imported graphics2"
> >> background("red")
> >> When I run this (within IDLE), it hangs trying to import graphics2.
> >> There is no error message or processor load, it just hangs.
> >> Can anyone explain (or reproduce) this behavior?
> >> Peter Drake
> >> Assistant Professor of Computer Science
> >> Lewis & Clark College
> >> http://www.lclark.edu/~drake/
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Professor of Computer Science Waverly, IA
john.zelle at wartburg.edu (319) 352-8360
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