[New-bugs-announce] [issue29255] selects.KqueueSelector behaves incorrectly when no fds are registered

Nathaniel Smith report at bugs.python.org
Thu Jan 12 18:35:07 EST 2017

New submission from Nathaniel Smith:

When calling kevent(), selectors.KqueueSelector.select sets the "maxevents" argument to len(self._fd_to_key). So if there are no fds registered, it passes maxevents=0.

It turns out that the kevent() API has a special case behavior for maxevents=0: it returns immediately, ignoring timeout. I have no idea why kevent() works this way, but it's specifically called out in the man page:

   The nevents argument determines the size of eventlist.  When
   nevents is zero, kevent() will return immediately even if there is a
   timeout specified unlike select(2).


It happens that asyncio doesn't run into this because asyncio always has at least one fd registered with its selector, but this causes problems for other users of the selectors module, e.g.:

I believe fix would just be to add some code like: "if max_ev == 0: max_ev = 1" to selectors.KqueueSelector.select.

components: Library (Lib)
messages: 285352
nosy: njs
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: selects.KqueueSelector behaves incorrectly when no fds are registered
versions: Python 3.5, Python 3.6, Python 3.7

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