[New-bugs-announce] [issue43136] multiprocessing.Queue.get(block=False) can raise queue.Empty on non-empty queue

Louis Sautier report at bugs.python.org
Fri Feb 5 07:03:06 EST 2021

New submission from Louis Sautier <sautier.louis at gmail.com>:

I have noticed that when multiple processes try to simultaneously get items from a multiprocessing queue with block=False, it will raise queue.Empty even though there are still items in it.
Adding a multiprocessing lock around calls to Queue.get fixes the problem.

Please consider the attached reproducer script and its output:
$ ./queue_test.py
using processes
2021-02-05T12:48:21.742728 worker 0 got 0, queue size was 100
2021-02-05T12:48:21.743702 worker 1 got 1, queue size was 99
2021-02-05T12:48:21.744059 worker 2 got 2, queue size was 98
2021-02-05T12:48:21.745352 worker 3 got 3, queue size was 97
2021-02-05T12:48:22.743905 worker 1 queue is EMPTY, size was 96
2021-02-05T12:48:22.744064 worker 0 got 4, queue size was 96
2021-02-05T12:48:22.746525 worker 3 queue is EMPTY, size was 95
2021-02-05T12:48:22.749573 worker 2 got 5, queue size was 95
2021-02-05T12:48:23.744474 worker 0 got 6, queue size was 94
2021-02-05T12:48:23.750728 worker 2 got 7, queue size was 93
2021-02-05T12:48:24.745852 worker 0 got 8, queue size was 92
2021-02-05T12:48:24.751827 worker 2 got 9, queue size was 91

I have been able to reproduce this problem with Python 2.7 and 3.5 through 3.9 (3.10 untested).

When using threads and queue.Queue instead of their multiprocessing counterparts, the problem is not present ("./queue_test.py thread" → no spurious exceptions until the queue is actually empty).

components: Library (Lib)
files: queue_test.py
messages: 386525
nosy: sbraz
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: multiprocessing.Queue.get(block=False) can raise queue.Empty on non-empty queue
type: behavior
versions: Python 3.6, Python 3.7, Python 3.8, Python 3.9
Added file: https://bugs.python.org/file49791/queue_test.py

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