[New-bugs-announce] [issue11140] Error in the documentation of threading.Lock().release()

aaugustin report at bugs.python.org
Mon Feb 7 16:35:27 CET 2011

New submission from aaugustin <aymeric.augustin at polyconseil.fr>:

The docs for the threading module state that:

> The release() method should only be called in the locked state; it changes the state to unlocked and returns immediately. If an attempt is made to release an unlocked lock, a RuntimeError will be raised.

However, I noticed that catching RuntimeError does not work. Actually release() raises thread.error, which inherits directly Exception.

I reproduced the behavior shown below in Python 2.6.6, 2.7.1 from MacPorts on Mac OS 10.6 and in Python 2.6.6 on Linux. The same happens in Python 3.2rc2 on Mac OS 10.6, except the thread module has been renamed to _thread so the exception becomes a _thread.error.

>>> import threading

>>> try:
...     threading.Lock().release()
... except RuntimeError:
...     pass
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 2, in <module>
thread.error: release unlocked lock

>>> try:
...     threading.Lock().release()
... except Exception, e:
...     print type(e)
...     print type(e).mro()
<class 'thread.error'>
[<class 'thread.error'>, <type 'exceptions.Exception'>, <type 'exceptions.BaseException'>, <type 'object'>]

I do not know if this must be fixed in the docs or the code. Currently, the type of the exception is probably platform-dependant since the thread module is not provided on all platforms.

components: Library (Lib)
messages: 128128
nosy: aaugustin
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Error in the documentation of threading.Lock().release()
versions: Python 2.6, Python 2.7

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