[New-bugs-announce] [issue17018] Inconsistent behaviour of methods waiting for child process

Marcin Szewczyk report at bugs.python.org
Wed Jan 23 16:15:21 CET 2013

New submission from Marcin Szewczyk:

I've done some experiments with:
1) multiprocessing.Process.join()
2) os.waitpid()
3) subprocess.Popen.wait()

These three methods behave completely different when interrupted with a signal which I find disturbing.

Reactions are:
1) exit with no exception or special return code
2) OSError exception
3) quiet retry (no exit)

The 1) case is very impractical.

Is there any movement towards standardization of those 3?

Now I know I can loop around Process.join() and check exitcode or is_alive, but it requires more code.

It has been pointed out that it changed between 2.6 and 2.7.

Associated bug: http://bugs.python.org/issue1731717

Relevant sources:

I think the behaviour of those three should be at least documented, especially if every one of them behaves differently and it changes between versions.

My environment is:
$ python --version
Python 2.7.3rc2

$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Debian
Description:    Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 (wheezy)
Release:        7.0
Codename:       wheezy

$ uname -a
Linux magazyn-ziarno 3.2.0-4-686-pae #1 SMP Debian 3.2.35-2 i686 GNU/Linux

Filing a bug as advised on python-dev mailing list (<kdmikh$h3h$1 at ger.gmane.org>).

messages: 180465
nosy: wodny
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Inconsistent behaviour of methods waiting for child process
type: behavior
versions: Python 2.7

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