Performing an action upon unexpected exit python


I was wandering if there was a way to perform an action before the program closes. I am running a program over a long time and I do want to be able to close it and have the data be saved in a text file or something but there is no way of me interfering with the while True loop I have running, and simply saving the data each loop would be highly ineffective.

So is there a way that I can save data, say a list, when I hit the x or destroy the program? I have been looking at the atexit module but have had no luck, except when I set the program to finish at a certain point.

def saveFile(list): print "Saving List" with open("file.txt", "a") as test_file: test_file.write(str(list[-1])) atexit.register(saveFile(list))

That is my whole atexit part of the code and like I said, it runs fine when I set it to close through the while loop.

Is this possible, to save something when the application is terminated?


Your atexit usage is wrong. It expects a function and its arguments, but you're just calling your function right away and passing the result to atexit.register(). Try:

atexit.register(saveFile, list)

Be aware that this uses the list reference as it exists at the time you call atexit.register(), so if you assign to list afterwards, those changes will not be picked up. Modifying the list itself without reassigning should be fine, though.


You could use the handle_exit context manager from this ActiveState recipe:

<a href="http://code.activestate.com/recipes/577997-handle-exit-context-manager/" rel="nofollow">http://code.activestate.com/recipes/577997-handle-exit-context-manager/</a>

It handles SystemExit, KeyboardInterrupt, SIGINT, and SIGTERM, with a simple interface:

def cleanup(): print 'do some cleanup here' def main(): print 'do something' if __name__ == '__main__': with handle_exit(cleanup): main()

There's nothing you can in reaction to a SIGKILL. It kills your process immediately, without any allowed cleanup.


Catch the SystemExit exception at the top of your application, then rethrow it.


There are a a couple of approaches to this. As some have commented you could used signal handling ... your <strong>[Ctrl]+[C]</strong> from the terminal where this is running in the foreground is dispatching a <strong><em>SIGHUP</em></strong> signal to your process (from the terminal's drivers).

Another approach would be to use a non-blocking os.read() on <em>sys.stdin.fileno</em> such that you're polling your keyboard one during every loop to see if an "exit" keystroke or sequence has been entered.

A similarly non-blocking polling approach can be implemented using the <em>select</em> module's functionality. I've see that used with the <em>termios</em> and <em>tty</em> modules. (Seems inelegant that it needs all those to save, set changes to, and restore the terminal settings, and I've also seen some examples using <em>os</em> and <em>fcntl</em>; and I'm not sure when or why one would prefer one over the other if os.isatty(sys.stdin.fileno())).

Yet another approach would be to use the <strong>curses</strong> module with window.nodelay() or window.timeout() to set your desired input behavior and then either window.getch() or window.getkey() to poll for any input.


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