# How can I add a timeout to a charpoly calculation?

 1 For some reason after a bunch of matrix charpoly calculations, charpoly hangs on me. I suppose it's some memory problem, but rather that fix that, I just want to put a timeout on the calculation and then restart it if it hangs. The problem is I can't use the "alarm" solution given in the answer to this question because sage.matrix.matrix_integer_dense.Matrix_integer_dense.charpoly doesn't catch the KeyboardInterrupt: sage: M = random_matrix(ZZ,1000,1000) sage: alarm(30) sage: try: ....: P = M.charpoly() ....: except KeyboardInterrupt: ....: print "did not complete!" ....:  What is another approach I could use? asked Jul 11 '11 Max Flander 21 ● 4

 1 OK here's my horrible workaround using rob hooft's task.py: Write my matrix to a text-file. Put the charpoly calculation in a separate file called charpoly.sage which reads in the matrix from that text-file, and outputs its result to another text-file. Then in the main code run the following:  from os import system load task.py maxtime = 3600 success = 0 while success == 0: task = Task("sage charpoly.sage") task.Run() time = 0 while time <= maxtime: sleep(1) time += 1 if task.Done() == 1: success = 1 break if time > maxtime: task.Kill() system("PIDS=$(ps -ef| grep -e 'python charpoly.py' | grep -v grep |awk '{print$2}')") system("kill -9 \$PIDS") print ("timeout!")  That last rubbish is because sage spawns some other python processes which eat up all the cpu and are not killed by task.Kill(). It's not pretty but it'll do the trick for now. The reason that I simply restart the calculation after a timeout is that it only sporadically gets stuck, and restarting seems to get it going again, go figure... posted Jul 13 '11 Max Flander 21 ● 4 Horrible is a matter of taste - at least you got it working! parzan (Jul 13 '11) that's true :) Max Flander (Jul 13 '11)
 0 Here are answers from various python sources: posted Jul 12 '11 parzan 848 ● 3 ● 12 ● 30 thanks for the suggestions, i can't get any of them to work though... for some reason charpoly ignores KeyboardException, SystemExit and so on, in fact sometimes when you do ctrl-c to stop it, you get a seg-fault... so maybe there's no easy answer? Max Flander (Jul 12 '11)

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