Multi Threading Problem with Python + Django + PostgreSQL.

Nikita the Spider NikitaTheSpider at
Mon Mar 31 17:08:09 CEST 2008

In article 
<553b16a7-a89e-4892-b92b-c0f88e00e096 at>,
 Pradip <pradipbhosale at> wrote:

> Hello every body. I am new to this forum and also in Python.
> Read many things about multi threading in python. But still having
> problem.
> I am using Django Framework with Python having PostgreSQL as backend
> database with Linux OS. My applications are long running. I am using
> threading.
> The problem I am facing is that the connections that are being created
> for database(postgres) update are not getting closed even though my
> threads had returned and updated database successfully. It is not like
> that the connections are not being reused. They r being reused but
> after sometime new one is created. Like this it creates too many
> connections and hence exceeding MAX_CONNECTION limit of postgres conf.
> ** I am using psycopg2 as adaptor for python to postgres connection.
> which itself handles the connections(open/close)

Hi Pradip,
A common problem that new users of Python encounter is that they expect 
database statements to COMMIT automatically. Psycopg2 follows the Python 
DB-API specification and does not autocommit transactions unless you ask 
it to do so. Perhaps your connections are not closing because they have 
open transactions? 

To enable autocommit, call this on your connection object:

> Now the problem is with Django / Python / psycopg2 or any thing else??

Are you asking if there are bugs in this code that are responsible for 
your persistent connections? If so, then I'd say the answer is almost 
certainly no. Of course it's possible, but Django/Psycopg/Postgres is a 
pretty popular stack. The odds that there's a major bug in this popular 
code examined  by many eyes versus a bug in your code are pretty low, I 
think. Don't take it personally, the same applies to my me and my code. 

Happy debugging

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