Timeouts with Thread#join and Net:HTTP

Discussion in 'Ruby' started by Rushi, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. Rushi

    Rushi Guest

    I have a script doing some multi-threaded work. Every thread is a call
    to an API making a simple post request. My problem is that the script
    throws a Timeout:Error when i'm waiting for all my threads to join
    /usr/lib/ruby/1.8/timeout.rb:60:in `rbuf_fill': execution expired
    from test.rb:35:in `join'
    from test.rb:35
    from test.rb:34:in `each'
    from test.rb:34

    Here's my code - test.rb
    amount = 60
    @threads = []

    1.upto(amount) { |i|
    @threads << Thread.new do
    puts "New Thread Created #{i}"

    # This thread makes 10 post requests
    1.upto(10) { |j|
    puts "Thread #{i} Try #{j}"
    # => DO post request using Net:HTTP
    Net::HTTP.start("localhost", "80") do |http|
    response = http.request_post("/test/mypost.php?get=value",


    # Join all the threads we have created
    @threads.each{ |thr|
    thr.join # Timeout:ERror thrown here after approx 1.5 mins

    Wrapping my thread.join call around Timeout::timeout (http://www.ruby-
    doc.org/stdlib/libdoc/timeout/rdoc/classes/Timeout.html) didn't help

    Any suggestions how to make it *not* timeout so that I can finish
    making all the API calls? I've tried hard but haven't been able to
    find a solution
    Rushi, Mar 18, 2009
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  2. Rushi

    Mike B Guest

    There is a reference to a timeout tool called terminator that you
    might look at in James Edward Gray II confreaks presentation
    'LittleBIGRuby' It is a quick reference, but it might do what you

    Code is here: http://rubyforge.org/frs/?group_id=1024&release_id=26322

    I believe Ara Howard wrote it.

    Mike B.
    Mike B, Mar 19, 2009
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  3. Rushi

    7stud -- Guest

    I don't see how join can timeout at all the way you've called it. join
    should never timeout, unless you specify a limit:

    ------------------------------------------------------------ Thread#join
    thr.join => thr
    thr.join(limit) => thr
    7stud --, Mar 20, 2009
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