Is there any way this queue read can possibly block?

John Nagle nagle at
Sat May 2 14:10:32 EDT 2009

    That wasn't the problem.  An incoherent bug report from a user
was the problem.

				John Nagle

Carl Banks wrote:
> On Apr 30, 11:48 am, John Nagle <na... at> wrote:
>> def draininput(self) :  # consume any queued input
>>      try:
>>          while True :
>>              ch = self.inqueue.get_nowait()     # get input, if any
>>      except Queue.Empty:                                # if empty
>>          return                                 # done
>> "self.inqueue" is a Queue object.  The intent here is to drain the
>> queue, then return.  Is there any way this can possibly block or hang?
> Yes, but it'll be waiting to acquire the semaphore which Queues
> normally don't hold onto for long.
> Carl Banks
>> I wouldn't think so.  Another thread is doing "put" operations,
>> but slowly, never more than 5 per second.
>> (It's working for me, but a user of a program of mine is having a problem.)
>>                                         John Nagle

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