[Stackless] Why can't I use nanosleep() to suspend the execution of a stackless tasklet?

Richard Tew richard.m.tew at gmail.com
Wed Sep 18 21:32:18 CEST 2013

You have to run the scheduler to get tasklets to run and be switched
between.  Remember that the tasklets are all part of the one thread
they are running on.  So you need to run the thread, to run the
tasklets.  If you use some external functionality to block the thread,
then the thread is going to be... blocked.  It will not be able to run
your code, which runs the scheduler.  nanosleep, whatever that is,
obviously blocks the thread until it completes.

If you need to make a single tasklet sleep, then you need to write
further logic to more intelligently run the scheduler.  Or you can
install stacklesslib, which has implemented this functionality

On 9/19/13, Bin Huang <bin.arthur at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi list,
> I am working on a project that is based on stackless Python. I tried to
> suspend the execution of a stackless tasklet from a Python C module
> extension by calling nanosleep(). The Python C module that calls
> nanosleep() is embedded inside the tasklet handler. However, my approach
> does not work as I expected. It seems that the entire stackless interpreter
> is suspended. And all tasklets had to delay (instead of sleeping) for the
> interval time I assigned to nanosleep(). (I tried up to 10 second interval
> so I could clearly see it).
> I also tried using sleep() in the Python C module extension and I observed
> the same phenomenon.
> I know I could use stackless.schedule() to suspend a tasklet. But I am
> still interested in why nanosleep() did not work in my experiment. Is it
> because nanosleep() suspend the execution of the stackless scheduler?
> I can post my source code if needed. Thanks in advance.
> Bin

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