How about a different approach: use an os.fork or spawn call that launches a 'wget' (or equivalent) command into a new process. Caution: depending on how you do this you may get a bunch of dead 'children' processes cluttering up the process table and will need to implement some kind of reaper process (google is your friend here).



----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Vartanyan" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, May 29, 2006 7:27 PM
Subject: [Zope] Isolating changes that can only be done globally

Hello All,

This is probably more a Python question but maybe you will have a quick solution for me - I guess the greatest *multi-threaded* Python application provides the greatest basis for this problem domain :-)

The situation: external method that is doing a http request using urllib2. I don't care about the response, and whether there was any response at all, I just need to send the request through - thus I want this request to time out very fast (let it be 2 seconds). I found no documented way to set the timeout for urllib2, after some googling I found an advice to manipulate the timeout on the lower-level socket module, something like this:

import socket
import urllib2

def do_request():
 timeout = 2
 req = urllib2.Request(url='')
 response = urllib2.urlopen(req)

The problem is this way this default timeout is set for _all_ new socket created by this Python process using the socket module. Even if I return the default to its previous state after the request it won't help me much - there are three more threads in my Zope that should be able to work with default timeout. So there are two possible solutions - to find a (preferably documented) way of accessing and parameterizing the socket object created by urllib2 to make a request or to find a way to isolate(??) global module settings between Zope threads.

Zope 2.8.3, Python 2.4.2, FreeBSD 4.10 if this is relevant.

Any hints/TFMs?

Many thanks

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