A problem while using urllib

Steve Holden steve@holdenweb.com
Wed Oct 12 08:57:00 GMT 2005

Steve Holden wrote:
> Johnny Lee wrote:
> [...]
>>I've sent the source, thanks for your help.
> [...]
> Preliminary result, in case this rings bells with people who use urllib2 
> quite a lot. I modified the error case to report the actual message 
> returned with the exception and I'm seeing things like:
> http://www.holdenweb.com/./Python/webframeworks.html
>     Message: <urlopen error (120, 'Operation already in progress')>
> Start process 
> http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0596001886/steveholden-20
> Error: IOError while parsing 
> http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0596001886/steveholden-20
>     Message: <urlopen error (120, 'Operation already in progress')>
>     .
>     .
>     .
> So at least we know now what the error is, and it looks like some sort 
> of resource limit (though why only on Cygwin betas me) ... anyone, 
> before I start some serious debugging?
I realized after this post that WingIDE doesn't run under Cygwin, so I 
modified the code further to raise an error and give us a proper 
traceback. I also tested the program under the standard Windows 2.4.1 
release, where it didn't fail, so I conclude you have unearthed a Cygwin 
socket bug. Here's the traceback:

End process http://www.holdenweb.com/contact.html
Start process http://freshmeat.net/releases/192449
Error: IOError while parsing http://freshmeat.net/releases/192449
    Message: <urlopen error (120, 'Operation already in progress')>
Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "Spider_bug.py", line 225, in ?
   File "Spider_bug.py", line 143, in run
   File "Spider_bug.py", line 166, in grabUrl
     webPage = urllib2.urlopen(url).read()
   File "/usr/lib/python2.4/urllib2.py", line 130, in urlopen
     return _opener.open(url, data)
   File "/usr/lib/python2.4/urllib2.py", line 358, in open
     response = self._open(req, data)
   File "/usr/lib/python2.4/urllib2.py", line 376, in _open
     '_open', req)
   File "/usr/lib/python2.4/urllib2.py", line 337, in _call_chain
     result = func(*args)
   File "/usr/lib/python2.4/urllib2.py", line 1021, in http_open
     return self.do_open(httplib.HTTPConnection, req)
   File "/usr/lib/python2.4/urllib2.py", line 996, in do_open
     raise URLError(err)
urllib2.URLError: <urlopen error (120, 'Operation already in progress')>

Looking at that part of the course of urrllib2 we see:

         headers["Connection"] = "close"
             h.request(req.get_method(), req.get_selector(), req.data, 
             r = h.getresponse()
         except socket.error, err: # XXX what error?
             raise URLError(err)

So my conclusion is that there's something in the Cygwin socket module 
that causes problems not seen under other platforms.

I couldn't find any obviously-related error in the Python bug tracker, 
and I have copied this message to the Cygwin list in case someone there 
knows what the problem is.

Before making any kind of bug submission you should really see if you 
can build a program shorter that the existing 220+ lines to demonstrate 
the bug, but it does look to me like your program should work (as indeed 
it does on other platforms).

Steve Holden       +44 150 684 7255  +1 800 494 3119
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