nonblocking reads in windows?

Joe Connellan joec at
Fri Aug 23 07:25:01 EDT 2002

Thomas Jensen wrote:

> Hello Joe,
> Joe Connellan wrote:
> > I have opened a serial port and if there is nothing there to be read
> > hangs whereas I want it to return "".
> >
> > if I try to open the fd with
> > port ="COM1", os.O_RDWR | os.O_NONBLOCK)
> >
> > I get an AttributeError saying that os has no attribute O_NONBLOCK. And
> > the windows select module doesn't support filehandles so it seems I
> > cannot do it that way either.
> >
> > Is there any way I can do this on windows?
> I don't use Windows much, but perhaps you could solve this using a
> thread and a queue? (modules threading and Queue)

I had a look at threads for this, I thought that if I put the read in a
thread I could then kill it if it hadn't read anything after 5 secs. But I
could not work out how to kill the thread - you can't kill it directly and I
don't think you can send it a signal (would it even service the signal if
it's blocked by an io read?). No doubt there would be a better way of doing
it than this so if you have any ideas?



> /Thomas
> --
> Best Regards
> Thomas Jensen
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