Multiprocessing Fail

Terrence Cole list-sink at
Mon Oct 12 03:10:36 CEST 2009

This code fails:
from multiprocessing import Manager
manager = Manager()
ns_proxy = manager.Namespace()
evt_proxy = manager.Event()
ns_proxy.my_event_proxy = evt_proxy
print ns_proxy.my_event_proxy
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 39, in <module>
    print ns_proxy.my_event_proxy
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.6/multiprocessing/", line 989, in
    return callmethod('__getattribute__', (key,))
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.6/multiprocessing/", line 740, in
    raise convert_to_error(kind, result)
Unserializable message: ('#RETURN', <threading._Event object at

This code creates a manager, uses the manager to create a Namespace and
an Event.  We store the proxies in variables 'ns_proxy' and 'evt_proxy'
respectively.  We set the name 'my_event_proxy' on the namespace proxy
with the event proxy.  This appears to pickle, transmit, and store the
event proxy successfully.  However, when we attempt to read back the
event proxy from the namespace proxy, we get an exception.  It appears
that the namespace is attempting to return the real event and not the
proxy and, of course, the real event is not pickable.  The same error
occurs if we substitute a dict or a list for the Namespace or any of the
synchronization primitives for Event.  The docs seem to indicate that
nesting of manager elements should work.

What is wrong here, multiprocessing's docs or its implementation?

I tested this on:
Python 2.6.2 (r262:71600, Sep 14 2009, 18:47:57)
[GCC 4.3.2] on linux2
Python 2.7a0 (trunk:75375, Oct 11 2009, 17:50:44)
[GCC 4.3.2] on linux2
with the same results on both.


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