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Feedparser seems to occasionally hang and has no timeout #76

peterashwell opened this issue Jul 10, 2016 · 3 comments


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commented Jul 10, 2016

According to this the default timeout in urllib2 is -1, or None. So... this is a problem for long running programs, when occasionally some connection will hang everything.

Solution is pretty simple, add a timeout to the 'open' here

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I'll fork and try make a fix


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commented Feb 19, 2017

this issue seems like a real problem for there seems to be no clean workaround. Can't wait to see the next release because of that.


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commented Jul 4, 2017

If you want a quick workaround you can monkey patch and use requests lib instead with proper timeout. It also fixes https certificate issues I had with default feedparser url open implementation. This is how I do it:

import requests
import feedparser

feedparser._open_resource = lambda *args, **kwargs: feedparser._StringIO(requests.get(args[0], timeout=15).content)

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commented Sep 11, 2019

have very simple app polling, once in a while feedparser does not return and needs 2x ^C to exit the script, and it then prints:

^CTraceback (most recent call last):
  File "frontend/myfeed/src/", line 48, in main
  File "/home/user/.local/share/virtualenvs/workspace_python-Cp_/lib/python3.7/site-packages/", line 3841, in parse
    data =
  File "/home/user/.pyenv/versions/3.7.4/lib/python3.7/http/", line 464, in read
    return self._readall_chunked()
  File "/home/user/.pyenv/versions/3.7.4/lib/python3.7/http/", line 574, in _readall_chunked
  File "/home/user/.pyenv/versions/3.7.4/lib/python3.7/http/", line 620, in _safe_read
    chunk =, MAXAMOUNT))
  File "/home/user/.pyenv/versions/3.7.4/lib/python3.7/", line 589, in readinto
    return self._sock.recv_into(b)
  File "/home/user/.pyenv/versions/3.7.4/lib/python3.7/", line 1071, in recv_into
    return, buffer)
  File "/home/user/.pyenv/versions/3.7.4/lib/python3.7/", line 929, in read
    return, buffer)

^CTraceback (most recent call last):
  File "frontend/myfeed/src/", line 56, in <module>
  File "frontend/myfeed/src/", line 53, in main

Not sure if related and if above fixes this. I am using the latest pip install version

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