[New-bugs-announce] [issue30508] "Task exception was never retrieved" reported for a canceled task

Miguel Grinberg report at bugs.python.org
Mon May 29 22:14:06 EDT 2017

New submission from Miguel Grinberg:

I am seeing a strange issue that occurs when a task that is awaiting an asyncio.wait_for() is cancelled. I created a simple example that I think demonstrates the issue, even though it isn't exactly how it manifests on my application.

When I run the attached script never-retrieved.py I get the following error:

Task exception was never retrieved
future: <Task finished coro=<crash() done, defined at never-retrieved.py:4> exception=ZeroDivisionError('division by zero',)>
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python3.5/asyncio/tasks.py", line 239, in _step
    result = coro.send(None)
  File "never-retrieved.py", line 5, in crash
    a = 1/0
ZeroDivisionError: division by zero

You can see in the script that the future was cancelled, but the cancel() call was made after the task finished in a zero division error. I think the cancel() call should update the internal state of the future so that the "exception was never retrieved" error does not appear.

My application has a more complex setup that I have been unable to reproduce with a simple example. I have a task that is waiting on asyncio.wait_for(fut, timeout), with fut subsequently waiting on a websocket server's receive function. When the websocket client closes the connection, a bunch of cancellations happen, but this future inside the wait_for call crashes before wait_for gets to call cancel() on it. Even though I need to investigate this crash, the fact is that wait_for did cancel this future, but because it already ended in an error the "never retried" error is reported anyway.

components: asyncio
files: never-retrieved.py
messages: 294732
nosy: Miguel Grinberg, yselivanov
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: "Task exception was never retrieved" reported for a canceled task
type: behavior
versions: Python 3.5, Python 3.6
Added file: http://bugs.python.org/file46911/never-retrieved.py

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