[Python-ideas] Asynchronous exception handling around with/try statement borders

Erik Bray erik.m.bray at gmail.com
Mon Sep 24 11:10:27 EDT 2018

On Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 12:58 AM Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 8:52 AM Kyle Lahnakoski <klahnakoski at mozilla.com> wrote:
> > Since the java.lang.Thread.stop() "debacle", it has been obvious that
> > stopping code to run other code has been dangerous.  KeyboardInterrupt
> > (any interrupt really) is dangerous. Now, we can probably code a
> > solution, but how about we remove the danger:
> >
> > I suggest we remove interrupts from Python, and make them act more like
> > java.lang.Thread.interrupt(); setting a thread local bit to indicate an
> > interrupt has occurred.  Then we can write explicit code to check for
> > that bit, and raise an exception in a safe place if we wish.  This can
> > be done with Python code, or convenient places in Python's C source
> > itself.  I imagine it would be easier to whitelist where interrupts can
> > raise exceptions, rather than blacklisting where they should not.
> The time machine strikes again!
> https://docs.python.org/3/c-api/exceptions.html#signal-handling

Although my original post did not explicitly mention
PyErr_CheckSignals() and friends, it had already taken that into
account and it is not a silver bullet, at least w.r.t. the exact issue
I raised, which had to do with the behavior of context managers versus


pattern, and the question of how signals are handled between Python
interpreter opcodes.  There is a still-open bug on the issue tracker
discussing the exact issue in greater details:

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