threading/forking and IPC

David Wahler dwahler at
Fri Oct 14 23:23:03 CEST 2005

Sophia Cao wrote:
> Hello,
> I am seeking a python solution for my project.  I am trying to
> implement an architecture where there is a server who receives incoming
> messages from several clients, then those messages need to be written
> to a MySQL database.  To avoid too many connections to the database, I
> plan to save the incoming messages into a queue, while use a seperate
> process/thread to constantly monitoring the queue and storing the
> messages to the database.  I am not sure wheather I should use
> threading or forking and how to implement the sharing of this message
> queue.
> Thanks a lot for any advice.

If you want to have a shared queue, it's much easier and simpler to use
threading, as it allows you to share data structures between threads.
Python already has a multithreaded queue class -- see Just create a global
Queue object or pass each thread a reference to it, and they can all
share it.

-- David

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