[pygtk] Signal handling

James Henstridge james@daa.com.au
Mon, 5 Jun 2000 23:22:27 +0800 (WST)

On Mon, 5 Jun 2000, Luca Minuti wrote:

> I have a problem trying to install a new signal handler.
> I try this program:
> #!/usr/bin/env python
> from signal import *
> from gtk import *
> def signal_handler(sig, frame):
>  print "Received signal %s" % (sig)
> signal(10, signal_handler)
> win = GtkWindow()
> win.set_usize(100,100)
> win.show()
> win.connect("destroy", mainquit)
> mainloop()
> but if I write:
> $ kill -s 10 <pid>
> the program answer only after the mainquit.
> If I don't import gtk and I write a simple console application it works. And
> the same program translate in C works.

Python signals are handled asynchronously.  Since the interpreter is not
in control while the gtk main loop is running, it won't necessarily get a
chance to run the signal handler.

You can get around this by having a no op function that is called as a
timeout or idle function, so control is passed back to the interpreter
every now and again.

Looking at the python header files, there apears to be a
Py_MakePendingCalls() function that can be used to make sure these
handlers get called.  The only question is, how often should it be

> Someone can help me?
> Thanks.

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