Do I have to use threads?

Philip Semanchuk philip at
Thu Jan 7 18:53:39 CET 2010

On Jan 7, 2010, at 11:32 AM, Jorgen Grahn wrote:

> On Thu, 2010-01-07, Marco Salden wrote:
>> On Jan 6, 5:36 am, Philip Semanchuk <phi... at> wrote:
>>> On Jan 5, 2010, at 11:26 PM, aditya shukla wrote:
>>>> Hello people,
>>>> I have 5 directories corresponding 5  different urls .I want to
>>>> download
>>>> images from those urls and place them in the respective
>>>> directories.I have
>>>> to extract the contents and download them simultaneously.I can
>>>> extract the
>>>> contents and do then one by one. My questions is for doing it
>>>> simultaneously
>>>> do I have to use threads?
>>> No. You could spawn 5 copies of wget (or curl or a Python program  
>>> that
>>> you've written). Whether or not that will perform better or be  
>>> easier
>>> to code, debug and maintain depends on the other aspects of your
>>> program(s).
>>> bye
>>> Philip
>> Yep, the more easier and straightforward the approach, the better:
>> threads are always (programmers')-error-prone by nature.
>> But my question would be: does it REALLY need to be simultaneously:
>> the CPU/OS only has more overhead doing this in parallel with
>> processess. Measuring sequential processing and then trying to
>> optimize (e.g. for user response or whatever) would be my prefered  
>> way
>> to go. Less=More.
> Normally when you do HTTP in parallell over several TCP sockets, it
> has nothing to do with CPU overhead. You just don't want every GET to
> be delayed just because the server(s) are lazy responding to the first
> few ones; or you might want to read the text of a web page and the CSS
> before a few huge pictures have been downloaded.
> His "I have to [do them] simultaneously" makes me want to ask "Why?".

Exactly what I was thinking. He's surely doing something more  
complicated than his post suggests, and without that detail it's  
impossible to say whether threads, processes, asynch or voodoo is the  
best approach.


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