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  • v1.4 Changes

    August 23, 2020

    πŸ›  08/23/2020 Fixed minimum requirement in

  • v1.3 Changes

    August 23, 2020

    🚚 08/21/2020 Moved the Pytest plugin to the examples directory. There have been several reported problems with it. It is no longer installed by default. It was never used by Curio itself.

    06/16/2020 Refined the detection of coroutines to use This change should not affect any existing part of Curio, but it allows it to properly recognize async functions defined in extensions such as Cython. See Issue #326.

    06/11/2020 Added a Result object. It's like an Event except that it has a an associated value/exception attached to it. Here's the basic usage pattern:

               result = Result()
               async def do_work():
                       await result.set_value(value)
                   except Exception as e:
                       await result.set_exception(e)
               async def some_task():
                       value = await result.unwrap() 
                       print("Success:", value)
                   except Exception as e:
                       print("Fail:", e)
           In this example, the unwrap() method blocks until the result
           becomes available.

    06/09/2020 Having now needed it a few projects, have added a UniversalResult object. It allows Curio tasks or threads to wait for a result to be set by another thread or task. For example:

               def do_work(result):
               async def some_task(result):
                   value = await result.unwrap()
               result = UniversalResult()
               threading.Thread(target=do_work, args=[result]).start()
     , result)
           UniversalResult is somewhat similar to a Future.  However, it
           really only allows setting and waiting.  There are no callbacks,
           cancellation, or any other extras.
  • v1.2 Changes

    April 06, 2020

    🚚 04/06/2020 Removed hard dependency on contextvars. It was unnecessary and needlessly broken some things on Python 3.6.

    🏁 04/06/2020 Added a default selector timeout of 1 second for Windows. This makes everything a bit more friendly for Control-C. This can be disabled or changed using the max_select_timeout argument to Kernel or

    04/04/2020 First crack at a Curio repl. Idea borrowed from the asyncio REPL. If you run python -m curio it will start a REPL in which Curio is already running in the background. You can directly await operations at the top level. For example:

              bash $ python -m curio
              Use "await" directly instead of "".
              Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
              >>> import curio
              >>> await curio.sleep(4)
           Pressing Control-C causes any `await` operation to be cancelled
           with a `curio.TaskCancelled` exception.   For normal operations
           not involving `await, Control-C raises a `KeyboardInterrupt` as
           normal.  Note: This feature requires Python 3.8 or newer. 

    βœ… 03/24/2020 Added a pytest plugin for Curio. Contributed by Keith Dart. See curio/

    03/02/2020 Slight refinement to TaskGroup result reporting. If no tasks are spawned in a TaskGroup g, then g.exception will return None to indicate no errors. g.result will raise an exception indicating that no successful result was obtained. Addresses issue #314.

  • v1.1 Changes

    March 01, 2020

    πŸ›  02/24/2020 Fixed a very subtle edge case involving epoll() and duplicated file descriptors on Linux. The fix required a new trap _io_release() to explitly unregister a file descriptor before closing. This must be embedded in any close() implementation prior to actually calling close() on a real file object. No changes should be necessary in existing user-level Curio code. Bug #313 reported by OndΕ™ej SΓΊkup.

  • v1.0 Changes

    February 20, 2020

    **** SPECIAL NOTE ****: For the past few years, Curio has been been an 🚚 experimental project. However, as it moves towards having a more πŸš€ "stable" release, I feel that it is better served by being small as opposed to providing every possible feature like a framework. Thus, a wide range of πŸ”¨ minor features have either been removed or refactored. If this broke 🚚 your code, sorry. Some features have been moved to the examples 🚚 directory. If something got removed and you'd like to lobby for its return, please submit a bug report. -- Dave

    🚚 02/19/2020 The Activation base class has been moved into curio.kernel.

    πŸ‘ 02/14/2020 Modified UniversalEvent to also support asyncio for completeness with UniversalQueue. This requires Curio and asyncio to be running in separate threads.

    ⏱ 02/10/2020 Removed absolute time-related functions wake_at(), timeout_at(), and ignore_at(). This kind of functionality (if needed) can be reimplemented using the other sleep/timeout functions.

    02/10/2020 Added daemon flag to TaskGroup.spawn(). This can be used to create a disregarded task that is ignored for the purpose of reporting results, but which is cancelled when the TaskGroup goes away.

    02/10/2020 Added spawn_thread() method to TaskGroup. Can be used to create an AsyncThread that's attached to the group. AsyncThreads follow the same semantics as tasks.

    ⏱ 02/09/2020 Removed schedule() function. Use sleep(0).

    🚦 02/07/2020 Removed all support for signal handling. Signal handling, by its very nature, is a tricky affair. For instance, signals can only be handled in the main execution thread and there are all sorts of other issues that can arise when mixed with threads, subprocesses, locks, and other things. Curio already provides all of the necessary support to implement signal handling if you rely on UniversalEvent or UniversalQueue objects. Here is a simple example::

               import signal
               import curio
               evt = curio.UniversalEvent()
               def signal_handler(signo, frame):
               async def wait_for_signal():
                   await evt.wait()
                   print("Got a signal!")
               signal.signal(signal.SIGHUP, signal_handler)

    🚚 02/07/2020 Removed iteration support from queues. Queues in the standard library don't support iteration.

    🚚 02/06/2020 Removed metaprogramming features not used in the implementation of Curio itself. These include:

           Libraries/frameworks that use Curio should be responsible
           for their own metaprogramming.  Their removal is meant to
           make Curio smaller and easier to reason about.

    πŸ‘» 02/06/2020 Added exception and exceptions attributes to TaskGroup. Can be used to check for errors. For example:

               async with TaskGroup(wait=all) as g:
                   await g.spawn(coro1)
                   await g.spawn(coro2)
               if any(g.exceptions):
                   print("An error occurred")
           Obviously, you could expand that to be more detailed. 

    🚚 02/04/2020 Removed TaskGroupError exception and simplified the error handling behavior of task groups. If tasks exit with an exception, that information is now obtained on the task itself or on the .result attribute of a task group. For example:

               async with TaskGroup() as g:
                   t1 = await g.spawn(coro1)
                   t2 = await g.spawn(coro2)
                   r = t1.result
               except WhateverError:
               # Alternatively
                   r = g.result
               except WhateverError:
           This simplifies both the implementation of task groups as well as 
           a lot of code that utilizes task groups.  Exceptions are no longer
           wrapped up in layer-upon-layer of other exceptions.  There is a risk
           of exceptions passing silently if you don't actually check the result
           of a task group.  Don't do that. 

    02/03/2020 Added convenience properties to TaskGroup. If you want the result of the first completed task, use .result like this:

               async with TaskGroup(wait=any) as g:
                   await g.spawn(coro1)
                   await g.spawn(coro2)
               print('Result:', g.result)
           If you want a list of all results *in task creation order*
           use the .results property:
               async with TaskGroup(wait=all) as g:
                   await g.spawn(coro1)
                   await g.spawn(coro2)
               print('Results:', g.results)
           Note: Both of these are on the happy path.  If any kind of
           exception occurs, task groups still produce a
           TaskGroupError exception.

    πŸ‘ 01/29/2020 Added support for contextvars. The behavior of context variables in the context of Curio and threads is not always well defined. As such, this is a feature that requires explicit user opt-in to enable. To do it, you need provide an alternative Task class definition to the kernel like this:

               from curio.task import ContextTask
               from curio import Kernel
               with Kernel(taskcls=ContextTask) as kernel:
           Alternatively, you can use:
               from curio import run
               run(coro, taskcls=ContextTask)

    01/29/2020 Added optional keyword-only argument taskcls to Kernel. This can be used to provide alternative implementations of the internal Task class used to wrap coroutines. This can be useful if you want to subclass Task or implement certain task-related features in a different way.

    πŸ”¨ 10/15/2019 Refactored into separate files for tasks and time management.

    🚚 09/29/2019 Removed Promise. Not documented, but also want to rethink the whole design/implementation of it. The "standard" way that Python implements "promises" is through the Future class as found in the concurrent.futures module. However, Futures are tricky. They often have callback functions attached to them and they can be cancelled. Some further thought needs to be given as to how such features might integrate with the rest of Curio. Code for the old Promise class can be found the examples directory.

    🚚 09/26/2019 Removed support for the Asyncio bridge. It wasn't documented and there are many possible ways in which Curio might potentially interact with an asyncio event loop. For example, using queues. Asyncio interaction may be revisited in the future.

    πŸ‘ 09/13/2019 Support for context-manager use of spawn_thread() has been withdrawn. It's a neat feature, but the implementation is pretty hairy. It also creates a situation where async functions partially run in coroutines and partially in threads. All things equal, it's probably more sane to make this kind of distinction at the function level, not at the level of code blocks.

    🚚 09/11/2019 Removed AsyncObject and AsyncInstanceType. Very specialized. Not used elsewhere in Curio. Involves metaclasses. One less thing to maintain.

    09/11/2019 I want to use f-strings. Now used for string formatting everywhere except in logging messages. Sorry Python 3.5.

    🚚 09/11/2019 Removed the allow_cancel optional argument to spawn(). If a task wants to disable cancellation, it should explicitly manage that on its own.

    🚚 09/11/2019 Removed the report_crash option to spawn(). Having it as an optional argument is really the wrong place for this. On-by-default crash logging is extremely useful for debugging. However, if you want to disable it, it's annoying to have to go change your source code on a task-by-task basis. A better option is to suppress it via configuration of the logging module. Better yet: write your code so that it doesn't crash.

    πŸ”¨ 09/10/2019 Some refactoring of some internal scheduling operations. The SchedFIFO and SchedBarrier classes are now available for more general use by any code that wants to implement different sorts of synchronization primitives.

    🚚 09/10/2019 Removed the abide() function. This feature was from the earliest days of Curio when there was initial thinking about the interaction of async tasks and existing threads. The same functionality can still be implemented using run_in_thread() or block_in_thread() instead. In the big picture, the problem being solved might not be that common. So, in the interest of making Curio smaller, abide() has ridden off into the sunset.

    🚚 09/08/2019 Removed BoundedSemaphore.

    🚚 09/03/2019 Removed the experimental aside() functionality. Too much magic. Better left to others.

    🚚 09/03/2019 Removed the gather() function. Use TaskGroup instead.

    09/03/2019 Removed get_all_tasks() function.

    🚚 09/03/2019 Removed the Task.pdb() method.

    🚚 09/03/2019 Removed the Task.interrupt() method.

    09/03/2019 The pointless (and completely unused) name argument to TaskGroup() has been removed.

    08/09/2019 Exceptions raised inside the Curio kernel itself are no longer reported to tasks. Instead, they cause Curio to die. The kernel is never supposed to raise exceptions on its own--any exception that might be raised is an internal programming error. This change should not impact user-level code, but might affect uncontrolled Ctrl-C handling. If a KeyboardInterrupt occurs in the middle of kernel-level code, it will cause an uncontrolled death. If this actually matters to you, then modify your code to properly handle Ctrl-C via signal handling.

    04/14/2019 The Channel.connect() method no longer implements auto-retry. In practice, this kind of feature can cause interference. Better to let the caller do the retry if they want.

    04/14/2019 Simplified the implementation and semantics of cancellation control. The enable_cancellation() function has been removed. It is now only possible to disable cancellation. Nesting is still allowed. Pending cancellation exceptions are raised on the first blocking call executed when reenabled. The check_cancellation() function can be used to explicitly check for cancellation as before.

    πŸ›  03/09/2019 Fixed a bug in network.open_connection() that was passing arguments incorrectly. Issue #291.

    🚚 11/18/2018 Removed code that attempted to detect unsafe async generator functions. Such code is now executed without checks or warnings. It's still possible that code in finally blocks might not execute unless you use curio.meta.finalize() or a function such as async_generator.aclosing() (third party). The @safe_generator decorator is now also unnecessary.

    🚚 11/11/2018 Removed the wait argument to TaskGroup.join(). The waiting policy for task groups is specified in the TaskGroup constructor. For example:

               with TaskGroup(wait=any) as group:

    🌲 09/05/2018 Tasks submitted to no longer log exceptions should they crash. Such tasks already return immediately to the caller with the exception raised.

    09/05/2018 Refinement to Kernel.exit() to make sure the kernel shuts down regardless of any exceptions that have occurred. See Issue #275.

    04/29/2018 New task-related function. get_all_tasks() returns a list of all active Tasks. For example:

               tasks = await get_all_tasks()
           Tasks also have a where() method that returns a (filename, lineno) tuple
           indicating where they are executing.

    04/29/2018 Curio now properly allows async context managers to be defined using context.asynccontextmanager. Issue #247.

    04/29/2018 Removed the cancel_remaining keyword argument from TaskGroup.next_done()

    04/28/2018 Added new "object" wait mode to TaskGroup. It waits for the first non-None result to be returned by a task. Then all remaining tasks are cancelled. For example:

               async def coro1():
                   await sleep(1)
                   return None
               async def coro2():
                   await sleep(2)
                   return 37
               async def coro3():
                   await sleep(3)
                   return 42
               async with TaskGroup(wait=object) as tg:
                   await tg.spawn(coro1)      # Ignored (returns None)
                   await tg.spawn(coro2)      # Returns result
                   await tg.spawn(coro3)      # Cancelled
               print(tg.completed.result)  # -> 37

    🚚 04/27/2018 Removed the ignore_result keyword argument to TaskGroup.spawn(). It's not really needed and the extra complexity isn't worth it.

    04/27/2018 Added TaskGroup.next_result() function. It's mostly a convenience function for returning the result of the next task that completes. If the task failed with an exception, that exception is raised.

    04/14/2018 Changed the method of spawning processes for run_in_process to use the "spawn" method of the multiprocessing module. This prevents issues of having open file-descriptors cloned by accident via fork(). For example, as in Issue #256.

  • v0.9 Changes

    March 10, 2018

    0️⃣ 02/24/2018 Refinements to Task crash reporting. By default all Tasks that terminate with an uncaught exception log that exception as soon as it is detected. Although there is a risk that this creates extra output, silencing the output makes it almost impossible to debug programs. This is because errors get deferred to a later join() method---and you often don't know when that's going to take place. You might just be staring a program wondering why it's not working. If you really want errors to be silent, use spawn(coro, report_crash=False).

    02/23/2018 Some refinements to the AWAIT() function. You can now call it as follows:

               result = AWAIT(callable, *args, **kwargs)
           If the passed callable is a coroutine function or a function that
           produces an awaitable object, it will be passed to Curio and executed
           in an asynchronous context.   If callable is just a normal function,
           then callable(*args, **kwargs) is returned.
           This change is made to make it slightly easier to use objects
           as UniversalQueue within the context of an async thread.  For example,
           if you do this::
               q = UniversalQueue()
               def consumer():
                   while True:
                       item = AWAIT(q.get)
                       print("Got:", item)
            The AWAIT operation will run the asynchronous version of q.get()
            instead of the normal synchronous version.  You want this--the
            async version supports cancellation and other nice features.

    02/22/2018 The async_thread() function is now meant to be used as a decorator only.

              def func(args):
           When the decorated function is called from asynchronous code using
           await func(args), it will seamlessly run in a separate execution thread.
           However, the function can also be called from synchronous code using
           func(args).  In that case, the function runs as it normally does.
           It's subtle, but the @async_thread decorator allows a function to adapt
           to either a synchronous or asynchronous environment depending on how 
           it has been called. 

    02/22/2018 New function spawn_thread() can be used to launch asynchronous threads. It mirrors the use of the spawn() function. For example:

              def func(args):
              t = await spawn_thread(func, args)
              result = await t.join()
           Previously, async threads were created using the AsyncThread class.
           That still works, but the spawn_thread() function is probably easier.
           The launched function must be a normal synchronous function. 
           spawn_thread() can also be used as a context manager (see below).

    02/19/2018 Added ability of async threads to be created via context manager. For example:

              async with spawn_thread():
                  # Various blocking/synchronous operations
                  # Executes in a separate thread
           When used, the body of the context manager runs in a
           separate thread and may involve blocking operations.
           However, be aware that any use of async/await is NOT
           allowed in such a block.  Any attempt to await on an async
           function inside the block will result in a RuntimeError

    02/06/2018 Refinements to the schedular activation API and debugging features.

    🚚 02/04/2018 The ZMQ module has been removed from Curio core and put into the examples directory. This should be spun into a separate package maintained independently of Curio.

    🚚 02/03/2018 Local() objects have been removed. The idea of having a thread-local style object for storing attributes is fraught with problems--especially given the potential mix of tasks, threads, and processes that is possible in Curio. The implementation of this has been moved into the examples directory where it can be adapted/copied into your code if it's still needed. Better yet, maybe take a look at PEP 567.

    πŸ”¨ 02/02/2018 Some refactoring and simplification of the kernel run() method. First, run() only executes as long as the submitted coroutine is active. Upon termination, run() immediately returns regardless of whether or not other tasks are still running. Curio was already generating warning messages for orphaned tasks--tasks for which Task.join() is never invoked. As such, this change should not affect most properly written applications.

           Second, the timeout argument is no longer supported. If
           you want a timeout on what's happening, put it into the 
           supplied async function itself.
           Finally, if is called with no arguments, it
           causes the kernel to process any activity that might be
           pending at that moment in time before returning.  This is
           something that might be useful should it be necessary
           to integrate Curio with a foreign event-loop.

    πŸ‘» 01/31/2018 If the main task crashes with an exception, the kernel now returns immediately--even if child tasks are still in progress. This prevents a problem where the main task crashes, but it's not reported for an extended period due to child tasks continuing to run. In addition, if the main task crashes, the kernel does not perform a shutdown-- leaving tasks as they were at the time of the crash. This might facilitate debugging.

    πŸ–¨ 01/31/2018 Printing a Task object will now show the file and line number of where it's currently waiting.

    01/23/2018 A refinement in task crash reporting. Previously, all task crashes were logged. However, Curio was also logging crashes in all unjoined tasks. Sometimes this would result in duplicate tracebacks. It's been modified to now only report crashes in unjoined tasks. If joining, it's assumed that the exception would be noticed there.

    01/22/2018 Semaphore and BoundedSemaphore now exposes a read-only property ".value" that gives the current Semaphore value. BoundedSemaphore objects expose a ".bound" property that gives the upper bound.

    πŸ—„ 01/03/2018 The Local() object has been officially deprecated in the documentation and will be removed at some point. Implementing task-level locals is much more complicated than it seems at first glance and there is discussion of a more general solution in PEP 567. If you need this kind of functionality, you should copy the task local code into your own application.

    🚚 12/22/2017 writeable() method of Socket removed. Use of this was highly specialized and potentially confusing since it's not normally needed. Use await _write_wait(sock) if you need to wait for a socket to be writable before calling send().

    12/19/2017 Slight change to Task Groups that allow tasks to spawn other tasks into the same group. See Issue #239.

    09/15/2017 Added the .readinto() method onto async files.

    09/15/2017 Made the @async_thread decorator return the actual exception that gets raised in the event of a failure. This makes it more like a normal function call. Previously, it was returning a TaskError exception for any crash. That's a bit weird since the use of threads or spawning of an external task is meant to be more implicit.

  • v0.8 Changes

    August 27, 2017

    ⏱ 07/01/2017 New time queue implementation. For timeout handling, it's faster and far more space efficient.

    πŸ›  05/11/2017 Fixed Issue #212, "never joined" message when add terminated tasks to a task group and using task.result to obtain the result.

    05/11/2017 Added a new keyword argument to Task.cancel() to allow a different exception to be raised. For example:

           The default exception is still TaskCancelled.

    04/23/2017 Change to ssl.wrap_socket() function and method to make it an async method. If applied to an already connected socket, it needs to run the handshake--which needs to be async. See Issue #206.

    🏁 04/14/2017 Refinement to SignalEvent to make it work better on Windows. It's now triggered via the same file descriptor used for SignalQueue objects.

    03/26/2017 Added a Task.interrupt() method. Cancels the task's current blocking operation with an 'TaskInterrupted' exception. This is really just a more nuanced form of cancellation, similar to a timeout. However, it's understood that an interrupted operation doesn't necessarily mean that the task should quit. Instead, the task might coordinate with other tasks in some way and retry later.

  • v0.7 Changes

    March 17, 2017

    03/15/2017 The undocumented wait() function for waiting on multiple tasks has evolved into a more general TaskGroup object. To replicate the old wait(), do this:

              t1 = spawn(coro1, args)
              t2 = spawn(coro2, args)
              t3 = spawn(coro3, args)
              async with TaskGroup([t1,t2,t3]) as g:
                  first_done = await g.next_done()
                  await g.cancel_remaining()
           TaskGroups have more functionality such as the ability
           to spawn tasks, report multiple errors and more.
           For example, the above code could also be written as follows:
              async with TaskGroup() as g:
                  await g.spawn(coro1, args)
                  await g.spawn(coro2, args)
                  await g.spawn(coro3, args)
                  first_done = await g.next_done()
                  await g.cancel_remaining()

    03/12/2017 Added a .cancelled attribute to the context manager used by the ignore_after() and ignore_at() functions. It can be used to determine if a timeout fired. For example:

              async with ignore_after(10) as context:
                  await sleep(100)
              if context.cancelled:

    🚦 03/10/2017 SignalSet is gone. Use a SignalQueue instead. Usage is almost identical:

               async with SignalQueue(signal.SIGUSR1) as sq:
                   while True:
                        signo = await sq.get()

    🚦 03/08/2017 More work on signal handling. New objects: SignalQueue and SignalEvent. SignalEvents are neat:

               import signal
               from curio import SignalEvent
               ControlC = SignalEvent(signal.SIGINT)
               async def coro():
                   await ControlC.wait()

    03/08/2017 UniversalEvent object added. An event that's safe for use in Curio and threads.

    🚦 03/08/2017 Further improvement to signal handling. Now handled by a backing thread. Supports signal delivery to multiple threads, multiple instances of Curio running, asyncio, and all sorts of stuff.

    🚦 03/08/2017 Removed signal handling from the kernel up into Curio "user-space". No existing code the uses signals should break.

    ⚠ 03/07/2017 Refined error reporting and warnings related to Task termination. If any non-daemonic task is garbage collected and it hasn't been explicitly joined or cancelled, a warning message is logged. This warning means that a task was launched, but that nobody ever looked at its result. If any unjoined task is garbage collected and it has crashed with an uncaught exception, that exception is logged as an error.

           This change has a few impacts.  First, if a task crashes,
           but is joined, you won't get a spurious output message
           showing the crash.  The exception was delivered to someone
           else.   On the other hand, you might get more warning
           messages if you've been launching tasks without paying
           attention to their result. 

    🚚 03/06/2017 A lot of cleanup of the kernel. Moved some functionality elsewhere. Removed unneeded traps. Removed excess abstraction in the interest of readability. The different trap functions in Curio are almost all quite small. However, details concerning their execution behavior was split across a few different places in the code and wrapped with decorators--making it somewhat hard to piece together how they worked looking at them in isolation. Each trap is now basically self-contained. You can look at the code and see exactly what it does. Each trap is also afforded more flexibility about how it could work in the future (e.g., scheduling behavior, cancellation, etc.).

           Debug logging features have been removed from the kernel and
           placed into a new subsystem.  See the file curio/
           This is still in progress.

    03/05/2017 Change to how the debugging monitor is invoked. It's still an option on the run() function. However, it is not a option on the Kernel class itself. If you need to do that, use this:

                from curio import Kernel
                from curio.monitor import Monitor
                k = Kernel()
                m = Monitor(k)

    πŸ”€ 03/04/2017 Support for using Event.set() from a synchronous context has been withdrawn. This was undocumented and experimental. There are other mechanisms for achieving this. For example, communicating through a UniversalQueue.

    03/03/2017 timeout_after() and related functions now accept coroutine functions and arguments such as this:

              async def coro(x, y):
              async def main():
                      await timeout_after(5, coro, 2, 3) 
                  except TaskTimeout:

    03/03/2017 spawn() and run() have been made consistent in their calling conventions compared to worker related functions. For example:

              async def coro(x, y):
              async def main():
                  t = await spawn(coro, 2, 3)   # Instead of spawn(coro(2,3))
           The old approach still works, but the new one will be preferred
           going forward.

    πŸ‘· 03/03/2017 Support for keyword arguments on many task-related worker functions (run_in_thread, run_in_process, block_in_thread, etc.) has been rescinded. If you need keyword arguments, use functools.partial. For example:

              await run_in_thread(partial(foo, kw=some_value))

    πŸ”€ 03/03/2017 Functionality for using Queue.put() in a synchronous context has been withdrawn. This was always experimental and undocumented. There are better alternatives for doing this. For example, use a UniversalQueue.

    03/01/2017 Addition of an asyncio bridge. You can instantiate a separate asyncio loop and submit tasks to it. For example:

              async def coro():
                  # Some coroutine that runs on asyncio
              async with AsyncioLoop() as loop:
                  await loop.run_asyncio(coro)
           The same loop can be used by any number of Curio tasks and
           requests can run concurrently.  The asyncio loop runs in 
           a separate thread than Curio.
           Original idea contributed by Laura Dickinson and adapted a
           a bit into the AsyncioLoop class. 

    02/26/2017 Modified the gather() function so that it also cancels all tasks if it is cancelled by timeout or other means. See issue #186. The resulting exception has a .results attribute set with the results of all tasks at the time of cancellation.

    πŸ‘ 02/19/2017 Added new curio.zmq module for supporting ZeroMQ.

  • v0.6 Changes

    February 15, 2017

    02/13/2017 Added a withfd=True option to UniversalQueue. For example:

              q = UniversalQueue(withfd=True)
           If added, the queue internally sets up an I/O loopback
           where putting items on the queue write bytes to an I/O
           channel.  The queue then spouts a fileno() method and
           becomes pollable in other event loops.  This is potentially
           useful strategy for integrating Curio with GUIs and other
           kinds of foreign event loops.  

    02/11/2017 Added a guard for proper use of asynchronous generators involving asynchronous finalization. Must be wrapped by finalize(). For example:

           async def some_generator():
                   yield val
                   await action()
           async def coro():
               async with finalize(some_generator()) as agen:
                   async for item in agen:
           Failure to do this results in a RuntimeError if an
           asynchronous generator is iterated.   This is not needed for
           generators that don't perform finalization steps involving
           async code.

    02/08/2017 New method implementation. It should be backwards compatible, but there are two new ways of using it:

               kernel = Kernel()
               # Run a coroutine with a timeout/deadline applied to it
                   result =, timeout=secs)
               except TaskTimeout:
                   print('Timed out')
               # Run all daemonic tasks through a single scheduling cycle
               # with no blocking
               # Run all daemonic tasks through a cycle, but specify a
               # timeout on internal blocking

    02/06/2017 New aside() function for launching a Curio task in an independent process. For example:

           async def child(name, n):
               print('Hello from', name)
               for i in range(n):
                   print('name says', i)
                   await sleep(1)
           async def main():
               t = await aside(child, 'Spam', 10)   # Runs in subprocess
               await t.join()
           In a nutshell, aside(coro, *args, **kwargs) creates a clean
           Python interpreter and invokes*args,
           **kwargs)) on the supplied coroutine.  The return value of
           aside() is a Task object.  Joining with it returns the
           child exit code (normally 0).  Cancelling it causes a
           TaskCancelled exception to be raised in the child.
           aside() does not involve a process fork or pipe. There
           is no underlying communication between the child and parent
           process.  If you want communication, use a Channel object 
           or set up some other kind of networking.

    02/06/2017 Some improvements to message passing and launching tasks in subprocesses. A new Channel object makes it easy to establish message passing between two different interpreters. For example, here is a producer program:

           from curio import Channel, run
           async def producer(ch):
               while True:
                   c = await ch.accept(authkey=b'peekaboo')
                   for i in range(10):
                       await c.send(i)
                   await c.send(None)   # Sentinel
           if __name__ == '__main__':
               ch = Channel(('localhost', 30000))
           Here is a consumer program::
           from curio import Channel, run
           async def consumer(ch):
               c = await ch.connect(authkey=b'peekaboo')
               while True:
                   msg = await c.recv()
                   if msg is None:
                   print('Got:', msg)
           if __name__ == '__main__':
              ch = Channel(('localhost', 30000))
           A Channel is a lot like a socket except that it sends discrete
           messages.   Any picklable Python compatible object can be

    πŸ›  02/03/2017 Fixed a few regressions in SSL sockets and the method.

  • v0.5 Changes

    February 02, 2017

    01/08/2017 Some refinements to the abide() function. You can now have it reserve a dedicated thread. This allows it to work with things like Condition variables. For example::

               cond = threading.Condition()    # Foreign condition variable
               async with abide(code, reserve_thread=True) as c:
                   # c is an async-wrapper around (code)
                   # The following operation uses the same thread that was
                   # used to acquire the lock.
                   await c.wait()             
           abide() also prefers to use the block_in_thread() function that
           makes it much more efficient when synchronizing with basic locks
           and events.

    πŸ‘· 01/08/2017 Some reworking of internals related to thread/process workers and task cancellation. One issue with launching work into a thread worker is that threads have no mechanism for cancellation. They run fully to completion no matter what. Thus, if you perform some work like this:

                await run_in_thread(callable, args)
           and the calling task gets cancelled, it's impossible to find out
           what happened with the thread.  Basically, it's lost to the sands
           of time.   However, you can now supply an optional call_on_cancel
           argument to the function and use it like this:
                def cancelled_result(future):
                    result = future.result()
                await run_in_thread(callable, args, call_on_cancel=cancelled_result)
           The call_on_cancel function is a normal synchronous
           function. It receives the Future instance that was being used
           to receive the result of the threaded operation.  This
           Future is guaranteed to have the result/exception set.
           Be aware that there is no way to know when the call_on_cancel 
           function might be triggered.  It might be far in the future.
           The Curio kernel might not even be running.   Thus, it's 
           generally not safe to make too many assumptions about it.
           The only guarantee is that the call_on_cancel function is
           called after a result is computed and it's called in the
           same thread.
           The main purpose of this feature is to have better support
           for cleanup of failed synchronization operations involving

    01/06/2017 New function. block_in_thread(). This works like run_in_thread() except that it's used with the expectation that whatever operation is being performed is likely going to block for an undetermined time period. The underlying operation is handled more efficiently. For each unique callable, there is at most 1 background thread being used regardless of how many tasks might be trying to perform the same operation. For example, suppose you were trying to synchronize with a foreign queue:

               import queue
               work_q = queue.Queue()     # Standard thread queue
               async def worker():
                   while True:
                       item = await block_in_thread(work_q.get)
               # Spin up a huge number of workers
               for n in range(1000):
                   await spawn(worker())
           In this code, there is one queue and 1000 worker tasks trying to
           read items.  The block_in_thread() function only uses 1 background
           thread to handle it.   If you used run_in_thread() instead, it
           consume all available worker threads and you'd probably deadlock.

    01/05/2017 Experimental new feature--asynchronous threads! An async thread is an actual real-life thread where it is safe to call Curio coroutines and use its various synchronization features. As an example, suppose you had some code like this:

               async def handler(client, addr):
                   async with client:
                       async for data in client.as_stream():
                           n = int(data)
                           await client.sendall(b'Awake!\n')
                   print('Connection closed')
               run(tcp_server('', 25000, handler))
           Imagine that the time.sleep() function represents some kind of
           synchronous, blocking operation.  In the above code, it would
           block the Curio kernel, prevents all other tasks from running.
           Not a problem, change the handler() function to an async thread
           and use the await() function like this:
               from curio.thread import await, async_thread
               def handler(client, addr):
                   with client:
                       for data in client.as_stream():
                           n = int(data)
                   print('Connection closed')
              run(tcp_server('', 25000, handler))
           You'll find that the above code works fine and doesn't block
           the kernel.
           Asynchronous threads only work in the context of Curio.  They
           may use all of Curio's features.  Everywhere you would normally
           use await, you use the await() function. with and for statements
           will work with objects supporting asynchronous operation. 

    01/04/2017 Modified enable_cancellation() and disable_cancellation() so that they can also be used as functions. This makes it easier to shield a single operation. For example:

              await disable_cancellation(coro())
           Functionally, it is the same as this:
              async with disable_cancellation():
                  await coro()
           This is mostly a convenience feature.  

    01/04/2017 Two tasks that attempt to wait on the same file descriptor now results in an exception. Closes issue #104.

    01/04/2017 Modified the monitor so that killing the Curio process also kills the monitor thread and disconnects any connected clients. Addresses issue #108.

    01/04/2017 Modified task.cancel() so that it also cancels any pending timeout. This prevents the delivery of a timeout exception (if any) in code that might be executing to cleanup from task cancellation.

    πŸ‘» 01/03/2017 Added a TaskCancelled exception. This is now what gets raised when tasks are cancelled using the task.cancel() method. It is a subclass of CancelledError. This change makes CancelledError more of an abstract exception class for cancellation. The TaskCancelled, TaskTimeout, and TimeoutCancellationError exceptions are more specific subclasses that indicates exactly what has happened.

    01/02/2017 Major reorganization of how task cancellation works. There are two major parts to it.

           Every task has a boolean flag "task.allow_cancel" that
           determines whether or not cancellation exceptions (which
           includes cancellation and timeouts) can be raised in the
           task or not.  The flag acts as a simple mask. If set True,
           a cancellation results in an exception being raised in the
           task.  If set False, the cancellation-related exception is
           placed into "task.cancel_pending" instead.  That attribute
           holds onto the exception indefinitely, waiting for the task
           to re-enable cancellations.  Once re-enabled, the exception
           is raised immediately the next time the task performs a 
           blocking operation.
           From coroutines, control of the cancellation flag is
           performed by two functions which are used as context
           To disable cancellation, use the following construct:
               async def coro():
                   async with disable_cancellation():
                       await something1()
                       await something2()
                   await blocking_op()   # Cancellation raised here (if any)
           Within a disable_cancellation() block, it is illegal for
           a CancelledError exception to be raised--even manually. Doing
           so causes a RuntimeError.  
           To re-enable cancellation in specific regions of code, use
           enable_cancellation() like this:
               async def coro():
                   async with disable_cancellation():
                       while True:
                           await something1()
                           await something2()
                           async with enable_cancellation() as c:
                               await blocking_op()
                           if c.cancel_pending:
                               # Cancellation is pending right now. Must bail out.
                   await blocking_op()   # Cancellation raised here (if any)
           Use of enable_cancellation() is never allowed outside of an
           enclosing disable_cancellation() block.  Doing so will
           cause a RuntimeError exception. Within an
           enable_cancellation() block, all of the normal cancellation
           rules apply.  This includes raising of exceptions,
           timeouts, and so forth.  However, CancelledError exceptions
           will never escape the block.  Instead, they turn back into
           a pending exception which can be checked as shown above.
           Normally cancellations are only delivered on blocking operations.
           If you want to force a check, you can use check_cancellation()
           like this:
                if await check_cancellation():
                    # Cancellation is pending, but not allowed right now
           Depending on the setting of the allow_cancel flag, 
           check_cancellation() will either raise the cancellation 
           exception immediately or report that it is pending.

    ⏱ 12/27/2016 Modified timeout_after(None) so that it leaves any prior timeout setting in place (if any). However, if a timeout occurs, it will appear as a TimeoutCancellationError instead of the usual TaskTimeout exception. This is subtle, but it means that the timeout occurred to due to an outer timeout setting. This change makes it easier to write functions that accept optional timeout settings. For example:

              async def func(args, timeout=None):
                      async with timeout_after(timeout):
                  except TaskTimeout as e:
                       # Timeout specifically due to timeout setting supplied
                  except CancelledError as e:
                       # Function cancelled for some other reason
                       # (possibly an outer timeout)

    ⏱ 12/23/2016 Added further information to cancellation/timeout exceptions where partial I/O may have been performed. For readall() and read_exactly() methods, the bytes_read attribute contains all data read so far. The readlines() method attaches a lines_read attribute. For write() and writelines(), a bytes_written attribute is added to the exception. For example:

                  data = timeout_after(5, s.readall())
               except TimeoutError as e:
                  data = e.bytes_read     # Data received prior to timeout
           Here is a sending example:
                   timeout_after(5, s.write(data))
               except TimeoutError as e:
                   nwritten = e.bytes_written
           The primary purpose of these attributes is to allow more
           robust recovery in the event of cancellation. 

    ⏱ 12/23/2016 The timeout arguments to subprocess related functions have been removed. Use the curio timeout_after() function instead to deal with this case. For example:

                   out = timeout_after(5, subprocess.check_output(args))
               except TaskTimeout as e:
                   # Get the partially read output
                   partial_stdout = e.stdout
                   partial_stderr = e.stderr
                   ... other recovery ...
           If there is an exception, the stdout and stderr
           attributes contain any partially read data on standard output
           and standard error.  These attributes mirror those present
           on the CalledProcessError exception raised if there is an error.

    12/03/2016 Added a parentid attribute to Task instances so you can find parent tasks. Nothing else is done with this internally.

    12/03/2016 Withdrew the pdb and crash_handler arguments to Kernel() and the run() function. Added a pdb() method to tasks that can be used to enter the debugger on a crashed task. High-level handling of crashed/terminated tasks is being rethought. The old crash_handler() callback was next to useless since no useful actions could be performed (i.e., there was no ability to respawn tasks or execute any kind of coroutine in response to a crash).

    11/05/2016 Pulled time related functionality into the kernel as a new call. Use the following to get the current value of the kernel clock:

                await curio.clock()
           Timeout related functions such as timeout_after() and ignore_after()
           now rely on the kernel clock instead of using time.monotonic().
           This changes consolidates all use of the clock into one place
           and makes it easier (later) to reconfigure timing should it be
           desired.  For example, perhaps changing the scale of the clock
           to slow down or speed up time handling (for debugging, testing, etc.)

    10/29/2016 If the sendall() method of a socket is aborted with a CancelledError, the resulting exception object now gets a bytes_sent attribute set to indicate how much progress was made. For example:

               await sock.sendall(data)
           except CancelledError as e:
               print(e.bytes_sent, 'bytes sent')

    10/29/2016 Added timeout_at() and ignore_at() functions that allow timeouts to be specified at absolute clock values. The usage is the same as for timeout_after() and ignore_after().

    πŸ‘» 10/29/2016 Modified TaskTimeout exception so that it subclasses CancelledError. This makes it easier to write code that handles any kind of cancellation (explicit cancellation, cancellation by timeout, etc.)

    10/17/2016 Added shutdown() method to sockets. It is an async function to mirror async implementation of close()

           await sock.shutdown(how)

    10/17/2016 Added writeable() method to sockets. It can be used to quickly test if a socket will accept more data before doing a send(). See Issue #83.

           await sock.writeable()
           nsent = await sock.send(data)

    10/17/2016 More precisely defined the semantics of nested timeouts and exception handling. Consider the following arrangement of timeout blocks:

           # B1
           async with timeout_after(time1):
                # B2
                async with timeout_after(time2):
                    await coro()
           Here are the rules:
           1. If time2 expires before time1, then block B2 receives
              a TaskTimeout exception.
           2. If time1 expires before time2, then block B2 receives
              a TimeoutCancellationError exception and block B1
              receives a TaskTimeout exception.  This reflects the
              fact that the inner timeout didn't actually occur
              and thus it shouldn't be reported as such.  The inner
              block is still cancelled however in order to satisfy
              the outer timeout.
           3. If time2 expires before time1 and the resulting
              TaskTimeout is NOT caught, but allowed to propagate out
              to B1, then block B1 receives an UncaughtTimeoutError
              exception.  A block should never report a TaskTimeout
              unless its specified time interval has actually expired.
              Reporting a timeout early because of an uncaught 
              exception in an inner block should be considered to be
              an operational error. This exception reflects that.
           4. If time1 and time2 both expire simultaneously, the
              outer timeout takes precedence and time1 is considered
              to have expired first.
           See Issue #82 for further details about the rationale for
           this change.

    08/16/2016 Modified the Queue class so that the put() method can be used from either synchronous or asynchronous code. For example:

              from curio import Queue
              queue = Queue()
              def spam():
                  # Create some item
              async def consumer():
                  while True:
                       item = await queue.get()
                       # Consume the item
              async def coro():
                    spam()       # Note: Normal synchronous function call
              async def main():
                  await spawn(coro())
                  await spawn(consumer())
           The main purpose of adding this is to make it easier for normal
           synchronous code to communicate to async tasks without knowing
           too much about what they are.  Note:  The put() method is never
           allowed to block in synchronous mode.  If the queue has a bounded
           size and it fills up, an exception is raised.

    πŸ”€ 08/16/2016 Modified the Event class so that events can also be set from synchronous code. For example:

               from curio import Event
               evt = Event()
               async def coro():
                   print('Waiting for something')
                   await evt.wait()
                   print('It happened')
               # A normal synchronous function. No async/await here.
               def spam():
                   print('About to signal')
               async def main():
                   await spawn(coro())
                   await sleep(5)
                   spam()         # Note: Normal synchronous function call
           The main motivation for adding this is that is very easy for
           control flow to escape the world of "async/await".  However,
           that code may still want to signal or coordinate with async
           tasks in some way.   By allowing a synchronous set(), it
           makes it possible to do this.    It should be noted that within
           a coroutine, you have to use await when triggering an event.
           For example:
               evt = Event()
               def foo():
                   evt.set()           # Synchronous use
               async def bar():
                   await evt.set()     # Asynchronous use

    πŸ‘» 08/04/2016 Added a new KernelExit exception that can be used to make the kernel terminate execution. For example:

              async def coro():
                  if something_bad:
                      raise KernelExit('Something bad')
           This causes the kernel to simply stop, aborting the
           currently executing task.   The exception will propagate
           out of the run() function so if you need to catch it, do
               except KernelExit as e:
                   print('Going away because of:', e)
           KernelExit by itself does not do anything to other 
           running tasks.  However, the run() function will
           separately issue a shutdown request causing all
           remaining tasks to cancel.

    πŸ‘» 08/04/2016 Added a new TaskExit exception that can be used to make a single task terminate. For example:

               async def coro():
                   if something_bad:
                       raise TaskExit('Goodbye')
           Think of TaskExit as a kind of self-cancellation. 

    08/04/2016 Some refinements to kernel shutdown. The shutdown process is more carefully supervised and fixes a few very subtle errors related to task scheduling.

    πŸ‘ 07/22/2016 Added support for asynchronous access to files as might be opened by the builtin open() function. Use the new aopen() function with an async-context manager like this:

             async with aopen(filename, 'r') as f:
                 data = await
           Note: a file opened in this manner provides an asynchronous API
           that will prevent the Curio kernel from blocking on things
           like disk seeks.  However, the underlying implementation is
           not specified.  In the initial version, thread pools are
           used to carry out each I/O operation.

    07/18/2016 Some changes to Kernel cleanup and resource management. The proper way to shut down the kernel is to use Alternatively, the kernel can now been used as a context manager:

             with Kernel() as kern:
           Note: The plain run() method properly shuts down the Kernel
           if you're only running a single coroutine.
           The Kernel.__del__() method now raises an exception if the
           kernel is deleted without being properly shut down. 

    06/30/2016 Added alpn_protocols keyword argument to open_connection() function to make it easier to use TLS ALPN with clients. For example to open a connection and have it negotiate HTTP/2 or HTTP/1.1 as a protocol, you can do this:

           sock = await open_connection(host, port, ssl=True, 
                                        alpn_protocols=['h2', 'http/1.1'])
           print('selected protocol:', sock.selected_alpn_protocol())

    06/30/2016 Changed internal clock handling to use absolute values of the monotonic clock. New wakeat() function utilizes this to allow more controlled sleeping for periodic timers and other applications. For example, here is a loop that precisely wakes up on a specified time interval:

           import time
           from curio import wakeat
           async def pulse(interval):
               next_wake = time.monotonic()
               while True:
                    await wake_at(next_wake)
                    print('Tick', time.asctime())
                    next_wake += interval

    πŸ›  06/16/2016 Fixed Issue #55. Exceptions occurring in code executed by run_in_process() now include a RemoteTraceback exception that shows the traceback from the remote process. This should make debugging a big easier.

    πŸ›  06/11/2016 Fixed Issue #53. was swallowing all exceptions. It now reports a TaskError exception if the given coroutine fails. This is a chained exception where cause contains the actual cause of failure. This is meant to be consistent with the join() method of Tasks.

    06/09/2016 Experimental new wait() function added. It can be used to wait for more than one task at a time and to return them in completion order. For example:

           task1 = await spawn(coro())
           task2 = await spawn(coro())
           task3 = await spawn(coro())
           # Get results from all tasks as they complete
           async for task in wait([task1, task2, task3]):
               result = await task.join()
           # Get the first result and cancel remaining tasks
           async with wait([task1, task2, task3]) as w:
               task = await w.next_done()
               result = await task.join()
               # Other tasks cancelled here

    ⏱ 06/09/2016 Refined the behavior of timeouts. First, a timeout is not allowed to extend the time expiration of a previously set timeout. For example, if code previously set a 5 second timeout, an attempt to now set a 10 second timeout still results in a 5 second timeout. Second, when restoring a previous timeout, if the timeout period has expired, Curio arranges for a TaskTimeout exception to be raised on the next blocking call. Without this, it's too easy for timeouts to disappear or not have any effect. Setting a timeout of None disables timeouts regardless of any prior setting.

    06/07/2016 Changed trap names (e.g., '_trap_io') to int enums. This is low-level change that shouldn't affect existing code.

    πŸ›  05/23/2016 Fixed Issue #52 (Problem with ignore_after context manager). There was a possibility that a task would be marked for timeout at precisely the same time some other operation had completed and the task was sitting on the ready queue. To fix, the timeout is deferred and retried the next time the kernel blocks.

    05/20/2016 Added asyncobject class to curio/ This allows you to write classes with an asynchronous init method. For example:

           from curio.meta import asyncobject
           class Spam(asyncobject):
               async def __init__(self):
                   self.value = await coro()
           Instances can only be created via await.  For example:
              s = await Spam()

    πŸ›  05/15/2016 Fixed Issue #50. Undefined variable n in Reported by Wolfgang Langner