Bug 787712 - Threaded python code deadlocks when calling subprocess.Popen()
Threaded python code deadlocks when calling subprocess.Popen()
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: python (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Assigned To: Dave Malcolm
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2012-02-06 10:25 EST by Simon Farnsworth
Modified: 2013-02-13 20:10 EST (History)
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Patch applied to the F17 SRPM to make Python work again (2.05 KB, patch)
2012-02-07 10:00 EST, Simon Farnsworth
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Description Simon Farnsworth 2012-02-06 10:25:23 EST
Description of problem:

We have multithreaded Python code, using the threading module - we call subprocess.Popen() to create new processes. It's deadlocking in Python's posix_fork when it tries to reinitialise the GIL.

http://bugs.python.org/issue13817 refers to the same problem, and http://bugs.python.org/msg152474 lists the fix commits to currently maintained branches.

We're going to patch Python ourselves to fix this, but would appreciate it if Fedora would pick up the upstream fix.

We see the problem in python binaries built from python-2.7.2-5.2.fc16.src.rpm
Comment 1 Simon Farnsworth 2012-02-07 10:00:51 EST
Created attachment 559976 [details]
Patch applied to the F17 SRPM to make Python work again

For my fix, I applied the attached patch to the F17 python from Koji:


This fixes the bug for me.
Comment 2 Warren Togami 2012-05-02 07:27:25 EDT
The python F17 changelog says:

* Sat Feb 25 2012 Thomas Spura <tomspur@fedoraproject.org> - 2.7.2-20
- fix deadlock issue (#787712)

Does this mean this is fixed?
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