SocketServer - Interrupting get_request()

Neil Edwards neil at
Fri Feb 8 01:08:06 CET 2002

Hi there, I am currently writing a piece of code based on
some code I saw here (in the group). Basically I am
trying to write a simple MUD in python using the SocketServer
class and am having trouble when it comes to shutting down
the server from a client.

Here is the code so far:

#! /usr/bin/python -O

import sys, SocketServer, socket
import string

true  = 1
false = 0
PORT = 2001
serverUp = false
connections = [] #list of all client sockets

class RequestServer(SocketServer.ThreadingTCPServer):
   allow_reuse_address = 1

class RequestHandler(SocketServer.StreamRequestHandler):
   def handle(self):
      global serverUp, connections
      host, port = self.client_address
      print "Connected by", host, port
      # get data
      while true:
         request = self.rfile.readline()
         self.server.request = request
         request = string.rstrip(request)
         print request
         if(request == "shutdown"):
            for eachConnection in connections:
               eachConnection.send("Shutting down NOW!\n")
            serverUp = false
            #FIXME - Need someway of stopping server tasks

def main():
   global serverUp
   # get port
   if len(sys.argv) > 1:
      port = int(eval(sys.argv[1]))
      port = PORT
   print "Waiting..."
   server = RequestServer(('', port), RequestHandler)
   serverUp = true
      server.handle_request() # do not server forever - serve just 1 request
   print "Closing all connections..."
   for eachConnection in connections:

Wondered if anyone had any ideas, basically the server seems to block
for the next connection and so I can't end the program while it is blocked
(I even tried a sys.exit(0) where the FIXME is and it didn't exit)
Sorry if my code looks a bit poor this is one of the first progs I've done
in python)

Full credit to the original author of the code by the way!!
Thanks for making it public!

Thanks for the help
Neil Edwards (neil at

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