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Hi, all I would like some feedback on a multithreaded HTTP server I've
written. The server serves python-scripts by dynamically loading scripts
in the same directory as itself. When a request is made to one of these
scripts the script is executed and its output is returned to the

Here is the server code,

# Basic, threaded HTTP server, serving requests via python scripts
# Author: Tor Erik Soenvisen

# Std lib imports
import BaseHTTPServer, os, threading, Queue

class HTTPServer(BaseHTTPServer.HTTPServer):
""" A threaded HTTP server """

port = 80
# Maximum requests on hold
request_queue_size = 250
# Maximum requests serviced concurrently
workers = 20

def __init__(self, port=None, reqSize=None, workers=None):

if port is not None: self.port = port
if reqSize is not None: self.request_queue_size = reqSize
if workers is not None: self.workers = workers

self.sharedPath = os.path.dirname(os.path.abspath(__file__))
# self.sharedPath must be set before calling self.getHandlers
self.handler = self.getHandlers()
self.jobQueue = Queue.Queue(self.request_queue_size)
addr = ('', self.port)
BaseHTTPServer.HTTPServer.__init__(self, addr,

# Exit threads when application exits
self.daemon_threads = True


def getHandlers(self):
""" Imports all python scripts in the current directory except
this one.
These scripts are the response generators corresponding to
all valid
path requests. The idea is to comprise something similar to
lightweight CGI, where each script generate HTTP responses
to HTTP requests
import inspect
# 1. List all files in current directory
# 2. Skip files not having a .py extension, in addition to this
# 3. Slice of .py extension
handler = dict.fromkeys([x[:-3] for x in os.listdir
(self.sharedPath) \
if x.endswith('.py') and \
x != os.path.basename(__file__)])
for name in handler:
handler[name] = __import__(name)
# Make sure the handler contains a run function accepting at
# one parameter
if not hasattr(handler[name], 'run') or \
len(inspect.getargspec(handler[name].run)[0]) != 2:
print 'Handler dropped because it lacks ' % name +
'a function named run accepting two arguments'
del handler[name]

return handler

def createThreadPool(self):
""" Creates pool of worker threads, servicing requests """
self.tpool = []
for i in range(self.workers):
if self.daemon_threads:

def serve_forever(self):
""" Handle requests "forever" """
while 1:

def process_request(self, request, client_address):
""" Task source: dispath requests to job queue """
self.jobQueue.put((request, client_address))

def process_request_thread(self):
""" Task sink: process requests from job queue """
while 1:
request, client_address = self.jobQueue.get()
self.finish_request(request, client_address)
self.handle_error(request, client_address)

class HTTPRequestHandler(BaseHTTPServer.BaseHTTPRequestH andler):
""" Handles HTTP requests. GET is the only method currently
supported """

# Set HTTP protocol version 1.1
protocol_version = 'HTTP/1.1'
# Set default response headers
responseHeaders = {'Content-Type': 'text/html',
'Content-Length': '',
'Connection': 'close'}

def log_message(self, format, *args):
""" Log function: see for info on arguments

def do_GET(self):
""" Handles HTTP GET requests """

name = self.path.lstrip('/')
handler = self.server.handler[name].run
except KeyError:
self.send_error(code=404, message='File %s not found' %
data = handler(self.headers, self.responseHeaders)
# Set Content-Length header
self.responseHeaders['Content-Length'] = str(len(data))
# Send headers and content
self.send_response(200, message='OK')
for name, value in self.responseHeaders.items():
self.send_header(name, value)

if __name__ == '__main__':
""" For testing purposes """
Pointing the browser to http://localhost:8081/index yields Hello, world!
when the script is contained in the same directory as the

def run(request, response):
""" Entrypoint function, called by web-server
Argument request is the request headers as a mimetools.Message
instance, while response is a dictionary containing the default
response headers.
html = '<html><head><title></title></head><body>Hello, world!</body>
return html

Suggestions for making the server faster, more secure, more general,
and/or more compact will be appreciated.

Regards, Tor Erik

PS: Yes, I know there exist heaps of web-servers out there.
Nov 17 '06 #1
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