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Bug in Python3 ('tempfile' and 'subprocess')


Using freshly-updated Cygwin 64-bit under Windows 7 Enterprise Ver 6.1 and Python 3 version 3.6.4.

Executing the following script:

    import subprocess
    import _hashlib
    import _sha3'pwd')

always results in 'BlockingIOError: [Errno 11] Resource temporarily
unavailable'.  I saw this error first in a script that imported
'tempfile' together with 'subprocess'.  I then managed to narrow down
the problem to the '_sha3' module. Notice that you need to import both '_hashlib' and '_sha3' *in that order*.

This problem makes it impossible to use 'tempfile' and 'subprocess' in the same script. My workaround is currently to disable '_sha3' in
'/usr/lib/python3.6/' by adding at line 62:

    __always_supported = __always_supported[0:8]

This problem only happens in Cygwin 64, 32-bit Cygwin works ok.

Can anyone reproduce this problem?

Best regards,


Giuseppe B. Scelsi  (
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