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disabling TCP connections, just for one script

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It would be helpful to be able to temporarily disable AF_INET socket
connections (I don't care about IPv6 for now).

What I'd like to do is create an environment for a Python script that
appears like the network interface is down, so any remote socket stuff
should fail (like an HTTP GET request to Google's home page, for

Anyone know an easy way to do that? Maybe by manipulating the socket
module or something? I'd still like to be able to access the internet
from other programs (like my Web browser, IM app, etc.) while I'm
working on this script, so unplugging the network cable or just
temporarily shutting down networking for the whole system aren't really
acceptable solutions.

Maybe chroot would be useful, but this seems a little complicated for
what I'm trying to do. Setting up some kind of Xen or UML (user mode
Linux) environment, and just disabling networking within that virtual
machine would possibly work, too.

Adam Monsen

Sep 9 '05 #1
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Adam Monsen wrote:
It would be helpful to be able to temporarily disable AF_INET socket
connections (I don't care about IPv6 for now).

Maybe put an with mockup funktions in your path before the
real Then you can alter teh behaviour of all necessary functions.

Sep 9 '05 #2

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I know very little about socket programming and even less about any idea what behavior would have to be modified?

Further complicating matters (for me), it appears some of the socket
programming code is in C, and my C skills are lacking.

Adam Monsen

Sep 9 '05 #3

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How about this:

import timeoutsocket

This will make all sockets in your Python app fail.

Sep 9 '05 #4

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Since that works, this also works (any socket operations appear to
raise an IOError):

import socket


Adam Monsen

Sep 9 '05 #5

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Another solution is using a deliberately misconfigured proxy:

import socket
import urllib
proxies = {'http': ''}
url = ''
opener = urllib.FancyURLopener(proxies)
f =

From this code I get the following exception:

"IOError: [Errno socket error] timed out"

....and that fits my needs nicely.

Adam Monsen

Sep 9 '05 #6

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>From the post I gather that you are looking for a solution under Linux.
I don't know much linux, but under Windows you could patch the IAT
(import address table) of the running process temporarly to redirect
calls to the socket winsock api to a stup function, which simply fails.
If you are interested, drop me a letter.

Sep 17 '05 #7

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