今天,一个在windows上运行良好的python脚本放到linux下报错,提示错误 BrokenPipeError: [Errno 32]Broken pipe。经调查是subprocess.run方法的timeout参数在linux上的表现和windows上不一致导致的。

    ret =, shell=True, check=True, timeout=5,
          stdout=subprocess.PIPE, stderr=subprocess.STDOUT)
except Exception as e:
    logging.debug(f"Runner FAIL")



import subprocess
import time

t = time.perf_counter()
args = 'python -c "import time; time.sleep(10)"'
    p =, shell=True, check=True,timeout=1,stdout=subprocess.PIPE, stderr=subprocess.STDOUT)
except Exception as e: 
    print(f"except is {e}")
print(f'coast:{time.perf_counter() - t:.8f}s')


PS C:\Users\peng\Desktop> Get-ComputerInfo | select WindowsProductName, WindowsVersion, OsHardwareAbstractionLayer

WindowsProductName WindowsVersion OsHardwareAbstractionLayer
------------------ -------------- --------------------------
Windows 10 Pro     2009           10.0.19041.2251
PS C:\Users\peng\Desktop> python  .\
except is Command 'python -c "import time; time.sleep(10)"' timed out after 1 seconds
PS C:\Users\peng\Desktop>


21:51:31 wp@PowerEdge:~/bak$ cat /etc/os-release
VERSION="20.04.3 LTS (Focal Fossa)"
PRETTY_NAME="Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS"
21:56:45 wp@PowerEdge:~/bak$ python
except is Command 'python -c "import time; time.sleep(10)"' timed out after 1 seconds
21:57:02 wp@PowerEdge:~/bak$

 可见,subprocess.run的timeout参数在windows下并没有生效。subprocess.run执行指定的命令,等待命令执行完成后返回一个包含执行结果的CompletedProcess类的实例。这个函数的原型为:, *, stdin=None, input=None, stdout=None, stderr=None, capture_output=False, 
  shell=False, cwd=None, timeout=None, check=False, encoding=None, errors=None, text=None, env=None, universal_newlines=None)
  • args:表示要执行的命令。必须是一个字符串,字符串参数列表。
  • stdin、stdout 和 stderr:子进程的标准输入、输出和错误。其值可以是 subprocess.PIPE、subprocess.DEVNULL、一个已经存在的文件描述符、已经打开的文件对象或者 None。subprocess.PIPE 表示为子进程创建新的管道。subprocess.DEVNULL 表示使用 os.devnull。默认使用的是 None,表示什么都不做。另外,stderr 可以合并到 stdout 里一起输出。
  • timeout:设置命令超时时间。如果命令执行时间超时,子进程将被杀死,并弹出 TimeoutExpired 异常。
  • check:如果该参数设置为 True,并且进程退出状态码不是 0,则弹 出 CalledProcessError 异常。
  • encoding: 如果指定了该参数,则 stdin、stdout 和 stderr 可以接收字符串数据,并以该编码方式编码。否则只接收 bytes 类型的数据。
  • shell:如果该参数为 True,将通过操作系统的 shell 执行指定的命令。

3、问题分析 会等待进程终止并处理TimeoutExpired异常。在POSIX上,异常对象包含读取部分的stdoutstderr字节。上面测试在windows上失效的主要问题是使用了shell模式,启动了管道,管道句柄可能由一个或多个后代进程继承(如通过shell=True),所以当超时发生时,即使关闭了shell程序,而由shell启动的其他程序,本例中是python程序依然在运行中,所以阻止了subprocess.run退出直至使用管道的所有进程退出。如果改为shell=False,则在windows上也出现1s的结果:

python  .\
except is Command 'python -c "import time; time.sleep(10)"' timed out after 1 seconds

[subprocess] run() sometimes ignores timeout in Windows #87512 handles TimeoutExpired by terminating the process and waiting on it. On POSIX, the exception object contains the partially read stdout and stderr bytes. For example:

cmd = 'echo spam; echo eggs >&2; sleep 2'
try: p =, shell=True, capture_output=True,
                        text=True, timeout=1)
except subprocess.TimeoutExpired as e: ex = e
>>> ex.stdout, ex.stderr
(b'spam\n', b'eggs\n')

 On Windows, has to finish reading output with a second communicate() call, after which it manually sets the exception’s stdout and stderr attributes.
The poses the problem that the second communicate() call may block indefinitely, even though the child process has terminated.
 The primary issue is that the pipe handles may be inherited by one or more descendant processes (e.g. via shell=True), which are all regarded as potential writers that keep the pipe from closing. Reading from an open pipe that’s empty will block until data becomes available. This is generally desirable for efficiency, compared to polling in a loop. But in this case, the downside is that run() in Windows will effectively ignore the given timeout.
 Another problem is that _communicate() writes the input to stdin on the calling thread with a single write() call. If the input exceeds the pipe capacity (4 KiB by default — but a pipesize ‘suggested’ size could be supported), the write will block until the child process reads the excess data. This could block indefinitely, which will effectively ignore a given timeout. The POSIX implementation, in contrast, correctly handles a timeout in this case.
 Also, Popen.exit() closes the stdout, stderr, and stdin files without regard to the _communicate() worker threads. This may seem innocuous, but if a worker thread is blocked on synchronous I/O with one of these files, WinAPI CloseHandle() will also block if it’s closing the last handle for the file in the current process. (In this case, the kernel I/O manager has a close procedure that waits to acquire the file for the current thread before performing various housekeeping operations, primarily in the filesystem, such as clearing byte-range locks set by the current process.) A blocked close() is easy to demonstrate. For example:

args = 'python -c "import time; time.sleep(99)"'
p = subprocess.Popen(args, shell=True, stdout=subprocess.PIPE)
try: p.communicate(timeout=1)
except: pass

p.kill() # terminates the shell process -- not python.exe
with p: pass # stdout.close() blocks until python.exe exits

The Windows implementation of Popen._communicate() could be redesigned as follows:

  • read in chunks, with a size from 1 byte up to the maximum available,
    as determined by _winapi.PeekNamedPipe()
  • write to the child’s stdin on a separate thread
  • after communicate() has started, ensure that synchronous I/O in worker
    threads has been canceled via CancelSynchronousIo() before closing
    the pipes.
    The _winapi module would need to wrap OpenThread() and CancelSynchronousIo(), plus define the TERMINATE_THREAD (0x0001) access right.

With the proposed changes, would no longer special case TimeoutExpired on Windows.