Run process with timeout

P at P at
Mon Oct 17 15:04:14 CEST 2005

Natan wrote:
> Hi.
> I have a python script under linux where I poll many hundreds of
> interfaces with mrtg every 5 minutes. Today I create some threads and
> use os.system(command) to run the process, but some of them just hang.
> I would like to terminate the process after 15 seconds if it doesn't
> finish, but os.system() doesn't have any timeout parameter.
> Can anyone help me on what can I use to do this?

The new subprocess module has that functionality.
If your python version doesn't have that you
could try my unix specific version:


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