[uWSGI] Non-blocking "sleep"

Roberto De Ioris roberto at unbit.it
Fri Apr 25 11:21:56 CEST 2014

> Hey guys,
> I'm looking to "rate limit" login attempts to an API once the supplied
> username is tried over a certain number of times unsuccessfully. Right
> now, I have a call to Python's time.sleep callable before I send back a
> 500 and am wondering if there's anything I can do to free up the worker
> rather than have it wait.
> My brain is telling me that's my only option, and I'm quite happy to pay
> that tax, but I thought I'd see if anyone here had any ideas.
> Roberto: Thanks for all your work on uWSGI - it really *is* appreciated.
> --
> Mel Boyce
> thestack.co
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the following code snippet violates WSGI in every possible way, if you are
a WSGI fundamentalist do not use it !!!


# slow.py
import threading
import time
import os
import uwsgi

# this function is execute for bad users
def wait_before_500(fd):
    os.write(fd, "HTTP 1.0 500 Throttled !!!\r\n\r\n")

def application(env, sr):
    is_bad_user = True
    if is_bad_user:
        # hold the connection with the client opened
        duped_fd = os.dup(uwsgi.connection_fd())
        t = threading.Thread(target=wait_before_500, args=[duped_fd])
        t.daemon = True
        return ""
    # rest of your code

# run it
uwsgi --http-socket :9090 --wsgi-file slow.py --enable-threads

Offloading would be a better approach for sure, but currently its api
lacks timeout management.

Roberto De Ioris

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