Need function like "raw_input", but with time limit

Fredrik Lundh fredrik at pythonware.com
Sun Sep 19 12:00:09 CEST 2004


"Radioactive Man" <rm at rm.rm> wrote:

> anyone know of a function like "raw_input", which collects a string
> from the user entry, but one where I can set a time limit, as follows:
>
> time_limit = 10    # seconds
> user_answer = function_xyz("GIVE ME AN ANSWER:  ", time_limit)

this works on some platforms:

import signal, sys

def alarm_handler(*args):
    raise Exception("timeout")

def function_xyz(prompt, timeout):
    signal.signal(signal.SIGALRM, alarm_handler)
    signal.alarm(timeout)
    sys.stdout.write(prompt)
    sys.stdout.flush()
    try:
        text = sys.stdin.readline()
    except:
        text = ""
    signal.alarm(0)
    return text

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