Richard Oudkerk added the comment:

> IFF we are going to walk the hard and rocky road of exception handling,
> then we are going to need at least four hooks and a register function that
> takres four callables as arguments: register(prepare, error, parent,
> child). Each prepare() call pushes an error handling onto a stack. In case
> of an exception in a prepare handler, the error stack is popped until all
> error handlers are called. This approach allows a prepare handler to
> actually prevent a fork() call from succeeding.

I think there are two main options if a prepare callback fails:

1) The fork should not occur and the exception should be raised
2) The fork should occur and the exception should be only be printed

I favour option 1 since, if they want, users can always wrap their prepare 
callbacks with


With option 1 I don't see why error callbacks are necessary.  Just unwind the 
stack of imaginary try...finally... clauses and let any exceptions propagate 
out using exception chaining if necessary.  This is what 
pure-python-atfork.patch does.  Note, however, that if the fork succeeds then 
any subsequent exception is only printed.


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