A thread import problem

Bruce Sherwood bruce.sherwood at gmail.com
Sat Jul 21 18:11:30 CEST 2012

I couldn't get a simple test case to work. I append a listing of the
little test files, all in the same folder. The diagnostic statement
print('after start_new_thread\n') works, but then nothing. Originally
I tried importing testABA.py but was worried that the circular
importing (A imports B which imports A) would be a problem, hence the
test of importing a version of the test program without the import.

The failure of this test case suggests that one cannot do imports
inside secondary threads started in imported modules, something I keep
tripping over. But I hope you'll be able to tell me that I'm doing
something wrong!

Incidentally, a simple test is to execute the file ABA.py, in which
case everything works.

Bruce Sherwood

testABA.py -- execute this file

from ABA import *
print('exec testABA')
from math import sin

testABA_noimport.py -- a version of testABA.py without the import of ABA

print('exec testABA_noimport')
from math import sin


from thread import start_new_thread
from time import sleep
import sys

user = 'testABA_noimport'
start_new_thread(lambda: __import__(user), ())
print('after start_new_thread\n')

while True:

On Sat, Jul 21, 2012 at 2:32 AM, Dieter Maurer <dieter at handshake.de> wrote:
> The usual approach to this situation is to invoke the user code via
> a callback from the UI main loop or invoke it explicitely
> after the UI system has been set up immediately before its main loop
> is called. Might look somehow like this:
> main thread:
> from thread import start_new_thread
> from visual import setup_gui, start_main_loop
> setup_gui() # sets up the GUI subsystem
> start_new_thread(lambda: __import__(<your module>), ())
> start_main_loop()

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