download timeout vs. socket timeout

p. ppetrick at
Sat Jan 10 03:07:15 CET 2009

i'm using urllib2 in python 2.4

wondering how people typically deal with the case in which a download
is too slow. setting the socket timeout only covers those cases where
there is no response in the socket for whatever the timeout period is.
what if, however, i'm getting bits back but want simply to bail out if
the total time to download takes too long?

i'm trying to avoid creating a whole other thread if possible?

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