KeyboardInterrupt eats my error and then won't be caught

Piet van Oostrum piet at
Sat Jun 20 07:41:36 EDT 2009

After my previous experiment I was curious how this works with
input(). I replaced the sem.acquire() with raw_input() and ran the same
tests. Now the inner exception is really taken so it works like the OP
expected. The exception, however is KeyboardInterrupt, not the special
exception from the IPC module.

So I looked in the source code how they did it:    
The code is in Parser/myreadline.c.

This code for input in function calls PyErr_CheckSignals() and
PyOS_InterruptOccurred() for a proper handling of the interrupt. So it
seems the OP should do something similar. Onl;y to deliver the custom
error you will have to do some other stuff. I don't know what but maybe
calling PyErr_SetString is sufficient as it might overwrite the
KeyboardInterrupt stuff.
Piet van Oostrum <piet at>
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