How to stop threads running infinite loops in python?
user8651 Published in September 19, 2018, 6:44 pm
I've made a program which has a main thread that spawns many other threads by subclassing the threading.Thread class.
Each such child thread runs an infinite while loop, and inside the loop I check a condition. If the condition is true, I make the thread sleep for 1 second using time.sleep(1) and if it's false, then the thread performs some computation.
The program itself works fine and I've achieved what I wanted to do, my only remaining problem is that I seem unable to stop the threads after my work is done. I want the user to be able to kill all the threads by pressing a button or giving a keyboard interrupt like Ctrl+C.
For this I had tried using the signal module and inserted a conditon in the threads' loops that breaks the loop when the main thread catches a signal but it didn't work for some reason. Can anyone please help with this?
EDIT: This is some of the relevant code snippets:
BaseThreadClass.stop_flag = True
stop_flag = False
#do computation and stuff