Cancel threads after timeout

Matt Jones matt.walker.jones at
Sat Jan 26 16:48:31 CET 2013

It sounds like your real problem is with your SQL query...  Is that part of
this problem under your control?  Can you break the query into smaller,
quicker, pieces that you can run in a reasonable amount of time?

If not, nesting threads might be your best programmatic solution.  Heed
Jason's warning though that the SQL Server my still be working even if you
cancel an operation from the outside (which could compound your problem).

*Matt Jones*

On Sat, Jan 26, 2013 at 9:43 AM, Jason Friedman <jsf80238 at> wrote:

> > Sometimes it happens that a query on one of the database servers
> > takes longer than expected and impedes the generation of this report
> > (that's right, the queries are ran sequential). What I am trying to
> > achieve is to parallelize the queries on each database server and to be
> > able to cancel one of them if it takes longer than X minutes.
> Only answering a small portion of your question ....
> Assuming you are able to figure out how to "cancel" a thread or
> process on your side, it is possible the database itself will not
> respect that.  In other words, if you execute "SELECT ..." singly,
> outside of Python, and type CNTL-C, does your database quickly
> recognize you are no longer interested in the result set and stop its
> work?
> --
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