Is defaultdict thread safe?

Raymond Hettinger python at rcn.com
Mon Jan 25 10:26:52 CET 2010


On Jan 25, 12:59 am, "Frank Millman" <fr... at chagford.com> wrote:
> Hi all
>
> Is defaultdict thread safe?

Sometimes.  It depends on whether an operation has callbacks to pure
Python.


> Assume I have -
>
>     from collections import defaultdict
>     my_dict = defaultdict(list)
>
> If two threads call "my_dict['abc'].append(...)" simultaneously, is it
> guaranteed that my_dict['abc'] will end up containing two elements?

Yes.

But, if the constructor is a user defined class, the pure python code
runs for the instantiation and all bets are off.

   class A:
      def __init__(self):
          . . .
   my_dict = defaultdict(A)   # not thread-safe.


Raymond




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