[Python-Dev] Add timeout to subprocess.py?

Josiah Carlson jcarlson at uci.edu
Thu Dec 15 03:07:52 CET 2005

I've got a recipe in the Python cookbook which adds async subprocess
support[1], which can be wrapped to support handling IO to/from the
subprocess until a time limit occurs.

 - Josiah

[1] - http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Cookbook/Python/Recipe/440554

Guido van Rossum <guido at python.org> wrote:
> A frequent requirement seems to be to run a subprocess but give up if
> it takes more than N seconds. I suppose you can hack this using the
> poll() method and time.sleep(), but perhaps a more direct approach can
> be added to the subprocess module? This should directly support
> reading output / stderr until the time limit is up as well. Any
> takers?
> --
> --Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)
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