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Calling python interpreter from a thread created in C

Hello,

What should I do to be able to call Pyhton interpreter from a posix
thread that is created in C?

I have a C-library that creates a thread and then makes callbacks to
user supplied function from that threads context. I'm writing a wrapper
for this library and I need to call python interpreter from that callback.

I'm using Python 2.3 in Linux.

Any help appreciated.

--

-jarppe

If you have the right attitude, interesting problems will find you.
-- Eric Steven Raymond
Jul 18 '05 #1
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On Tue, 02 Nov 2004 11:50:33 GMT, Jarppe <ja************ *****@gmail.com > wrote:
Hello,

What should I do to be able to call Pyhton interpreter from a posix
thread that is created in C?

I have a C-library that creates a thread and then makes callbacks to
user supplied function from that threads context. I'm writing a wrapper
for this library and I need to call python interpreter from that callback.

I'm using Python 2.3 in Linux.

Any help appreciated.


First, you need to ensure that Python is ready for threading. From the
application's main thread, call PyEval_InitThre ads (if this has already been
called, it simply returns. But if this is the first call, it assumes it is
being called on the application's main thread, so you don't want to call this on
your callback thread).

Then, in your thread's callback, call PyGILState_Ensu re before accessing any
part of the Python API. When you're done working with python, call
PyGILState_Rele ase. See the documentation and example here:

http://www.python.org/dev/doc/devel/api/threads.html

(Note that before the example of using PyGILState_Ensu re, the text refers to
needing an interpreter state. This text is left over from versions before
PyGILState was introduced. Just do what the example shows and you shouldn't
have a problem.)

---
Greg Chapman
Jul 18 '05 #2
Hi,

Greg Chapman wrote:
First, you need to ensure that Python is ready for threading. From the
application's main thread, call PyEval_InitThre ads (if this has already been
called, it simply returns. But if this is the first call, it assumes it is
being called on the application's main thread, so you don't want to call this on
your callback thread).
That's it!!! I didn't realize that and I just keep getting SIGSEGV no
matter what I did. I added call to PyEval_InitThre ads() and it started
to work immediately! Thanks!!!
Then, in your thread's callback, call PyGILState_Ensu re before accessing any
part of the Python API. When you're done working with python, call
PyGILState_Rele ase. See the documentation and example here:

http://www.python.org/dev/doc/devel/api/threads.html

(Note that before the example of using PyGILState_Ensu re,
the text refers to
needing an interpreter state. This text is left over
from versions before
PyGILState was introduced. Just do what the example shows
and you shouldn't have a problem.)


Oh, that's interesting! I used PyEval_AcquireT hread() and
PyEval_ReleaseT hread(). Now I changed to
PyGILState_Ensu re()/PyGILState_Rele ase(), and now the code looks much
simpler. And it works :)

Thanks a lot!!!

--

-jarppe

If you have the right attitude, interesting problems will find you.
-- Eric Steven Raymond
Jul 18 '05 #3

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