Inter process signalling

Duncan Booth duncan.booth at invalid.invalid
Wed Sep 13 11:08:25 CEST 2006

Dale Strickland-Clark <dale at> wrote:

> In Linux this is easy with 'signal' and 'kill' but how can I get one
> Python process to signal another (possibly running as a service)? 
> All I need is a simple prod with no other data being sent and none
> being returned - except that the signal was delivered.
> Receiving a signal should generate an interrupt. I'm not looking for a
> solution the involves polling.
Lots of ways. Basically all involving creating a thread which waits on an 
event and then calls your code when the event is generated.

You can use semaphores, named pipes &c.; you could create a windows message 
queue and simply send the process a message when you want to alert it; you 
could create a COM server and call a method on it; you could use 
asynchronous procedure calls (APCs) (but you still need to ensure that 
there is a thread in an alertable wait state).

If the code you want to signal is running as a service then the easiest way 
to signal it is to call win32service.ControlService with a user defined 
service code. That gives you 127 signals to play with, and Python's win32 
library will simply call the SvcOther method within your service code 
(although not of course using the same thread as the actual service is 
running on).

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