Mixing asyncore with threads

Thomas Jensen thomasNO at SPAM.obscure.dk
Tue Oct 23 00:39:50 CEST 2001


Is it possible/advisible to mix asyncore (or modules using it) with 
threads ?

More specifically, I'd like to build a HTTP based server, which will 
serve, more or less, IO bound content most of the time (served directly 
from memory/disk/DB). For this asyncore seems ideal.
However, in some circumstances the content will be quite CPU intensive 
(like dynamically generated PNGs from a large dataset, etc.). In this 
case a thread would be nice, to prevent blocking other trafic while 
The problem is, that select() will block until it sees trafic on a 
readable or writeable port (AFAIK).

So far I've come up with the following solutions:
(1) Wraping asyncore.poll() in a loop with a small timeout value.
(2) Use a "dummy" port on the loopback interface for triggering 
select() once output from the thread is finished.

Of the two, I like (2) best, but I keep getting the feeling that there 
must be a better way ?

Perhaps I should just settle on either asyncore or threads ?

Best Regards
Thomas Jensen

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