How to "kill" orphaned threads at program exit

Giampaolo Rodola' gnewsg at
Mon Dec 29 08:29:58 CET 2008

On 28 Dic, 18:47, Roy Smith <r... at> wrote:
> In article
> <b133b978-fe63-4893-bb33-8c96bfb59... at>,
>  "Giampaolo Rodola'" <gne... at> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I know that it's not possible to "kill" threads but I'm wondering if
> > does exist some workaround for my problem.
> > I have a test suite which does a massive usage of threads.
> > Sometimes happens that one test fails, the test suite keeps running
> > until the end, and when it's finished the program hangs on and the
> > only way to stop is to kill it manually.
> You don't say how you're creating your threads, so I'll assume you're using
> threading.Thread().  After creating each thread, and before calling start()
> on it, call setDaemon(True).

Apparently it doesn't make any difference.
A curious thing is that by putting a "print 1" as last instruction the
pending threads get killed and the program exits (Windows XP sp3 32

--- Giampaolo

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