Python Language Advanced use of multithreads


Example

This section will contain some of the most advanced examples realized using Multithreading.

Advanced printer (logger)

A thread that prints everything is received and modifies the output according to the terminal width. The nice part is that also the "already written" output is modified when the width of the terminal changes.

#!/usr/bin/env python2

import threading
import Queue
import time
import sys
import subprocess
from backports.shutil_get_terminal_size import get_terminal_size

printq = Queue.Queue()
interrupt = False
lines = []

def main():

    ptt = threading.Thread(target=printer) # Turn the printer on
    ptt.daemon = True
    ptt.start()

    # Stupid example of stuff to print
    for i in xrange(1,100):
        printq.put(' '.join([str(x) for x in range(1,i)]))           # The actual way to send stuff to the printer
        time.sleep(.5)

def split_line(line, cols):
    if len(line) > cols:
        new_line = ''
        ww = line.split()
        i = 0
        while len(new_line) <= (cols - len(ww[i]) - 1):
            new_line += ww[i] + ' '
            i += 1
            print len(new_line)
        if new_line == '':
            return (line, '')

        return (new_line, ' '.join(ww[i:]))
    else:
        return (line, '')


def printer():

    while True:
        cols, rows = get_terminal_size() # Get the terminal dimensions
        msg = '#' + '-' * (cols - 2) + '#\n' # Create the
        try:
            new_line = str(printq.get_nowait())
            if new_line != '!@#EXIT#@!': # A nice way to turn the printer
                                         # thread out gracefully
                lines.append(new_line)
                printq.task_done()
            else:
                printq.task_done()
                sys.exit()
        except Queue.Empty:
            pass

        # Build the new message to show and split too long lines
        for line in lines:
            res = line          # The following is to split lines which are
                                # longer than cols.
            while len(res) !=0:
                toprint, res = split_line(res, cols)
                msg += '\n' + toprint

        # Clear the shell and print the new output
        subprocess.check_call('clear') # Keep the shell clean
        sys.stdout.write(msg)
        sys.stdout.flush()
        time.sleep(.5)