configure 'time out' time for urllib

wes weston wweston at
Thu Feb 26 16:39:09 CET 2004

    I had a similar problem and coded in two tries; could be 3,4 etc.
I couldn't find a way to set the timeout.

Andreas Dahl wrote:
> Hi,
> I use urllib to retrieve data via HTTP. Unfortunately my program crashes
> after a while (after some loops) because the connection timed out.
> raise socket.error, msg
> IOError: [Errno socket error] (60, 'Connection timed out')
> I am not so familiar with python, but is there a possibility to
> configure the 'waiting time'? Or how can I handle such an event? To skip
> that query and go to the next one would also work.
> Many thanks in advance, Andreas
> code:
>     params = urllib.urlencode({'rs': rs})
>     try:
>         file =
> urllib.urlopen("" %
> params)
>     except IOError, message: # file open failed
>         print >> sys.stderr, "File could not be opend:", message
>         sys.exit(1)
>     data = file.readlines() # array with html-doc-content
>     file.close()

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