[New-bugs-announce] [issue31647] asyncio: StreamWriter write_eof() after close raises mysterious AttributeError

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Sat Sep 30 00:42:43 EDT 2017

New submission from twisteroid ambassador <twisteroid.ambassador at gmail.com>:

Currently, if one attempts to do write_eof() on a StreamWriter after the underlying transport is already closed, an AttributeError is raised:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<snip>\scratch_3.py", line 34, in main_coro
  File "C:\Program Files\Python36\lib\asyncio\streams.py", line 300, in write_eof
    return self._transport.write_eof()
  File "C:\Program Files\Python36\lib\asyncio\selector_events.py", line 808, in write_eof
AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'shutdown'

This is because _SelectorSocketTransport.write_eof() only checks for self._eof before calling self._sock.shutdown(), and self._sock has already been assigned None after _call_connection_lost().

Compare with StreamWriter.write() after close, which either does nothing or logs a warning after 5 attempts; or StreamWriter.drain() after close, which raises a ConnectionResetError; or even StreamWriter.close() after close, which does nothing.

Trying to do write_eof() after close may happen unintentionally, for example when the following sequence of events happen:
* the remote side closes the connection
* the local side attempts to write, so the socket "figures out" the connection is closed, and close this side of the socket. Note the write fails silently, except when loop.set_debug(True) where asyncio logs "Fatal write error on socket transport".
* the local side does write_eof(). An AttributError is raised.

Currently the only way to handle this gracefully is to either catch AttributeError or check StreamWriter.transport.is_closing() before write_eof(). Neither is pretty.

I suggest making write_eof() after close either do nothing, or raise a subclass of ConnectionError. Both will be easier to handle then the current behavior.

Attached repro.

components: asyncio
files: asyncio_write_eof_after_close_test.py
messages: 303391
nosy: twisteroid ambassador, yselivanov
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: asyncio: StreamWriter write_eof() after close raises mysterious AttributeError
type: behavior
versions: Python 3.4, Python 3.5, Python 3.6, Python 3.7, Python 3.8
Added file: https://bugs.python.org/file47180/asyncio_write_eof_after_close_test.py

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