[Idle-dev] multiprocessing module and IDLE without subprocess

Weeble clockworksaint at gmail.com
Fri Nov 28 15:17:10 CET 2008

It appears that any attempt to spawn processes using the new
multiprocessing module in Python 2.6 will instead open up a new empty
file in an IDLE window, *if* running without a subprocess. I don't
particularly *want* to run without a subprocess, but the alternative
on Windows is pretty bad: you can only have one instance of IDLE and
trying to open a new one will sit waiting for ages before complaining
that it can't connect to the subprocess. Is it possible to get this to
work without a subprocess, and if not, what will it take to get the
subprocess working properly on Windows? I believe a patch was written
some time ago to do this, but it never made it in. Was it too much of
a hack? Is there a better way to do this?


I'd like to help, but I'm not sure how to get started in IDLE
development. Is there a guide somewhere? I looked at


but it's completely empty.

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