Simple threading example freezes IDLE?

writser at writser at
Wed Sep 19 18:17:06 CEST 2007

hey all,

For my study I'm writing a simple threaded webcrawler and I am trying
to do this in python. But somehow, using threads causes IDLE to crash
on Windows XP (with the latest python distribution 2.5.1). Even a
simple example such as this:

import thread, time

def doSomething():
  print "something"

for i in range(2):
  thread.start_new(doSomething, ())

causes IDLE to freeze when I type it in the interpreter. Using the
python command line everything works just fine. Using IDLE on Debian
linux also does not cause anything to crash. What am I overlooking?

regards, Writser Cleveringa

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