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threadable task retry module

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functastic is used to manage tasks that you would like to retry until a success condition is met, or potentially forever. it can be run single threaded or in a separate thread. task start times, success conditions, retry attempts, retry interval, and time interval back off can be configured. it’s important to note that all tasks are run in a single thread one after the other, so if you have a longer running task it may delay the actual start time of the task or tasks behind it in line. with this in mind, functastic works better with quick tasks for now. I’d like to have it spawn tasks as side threads in the future, but I didn’t want to require the usage of any particular threading library at present.

functastic provides two classes: TaskHeap and Task. Tasks wrap a function and are appended to the TaskHeap which provides a run() function handle running/scheduling/retrying the Tasks until the success condition is met. Task's default success condition is that the function does not raise any Exception and returns any non None value.

a Task object can never raise an exception. calling a task either manually or using a TaskHeap will log exceptions and potentially use them to determine success, but they won’t be raised. the one exception to this rule is if your custom success_condition function raises an exception, so be careful writing them.


pip install functastic or clone the repo and python install or pip install -e if you want to play with the code

Task usage

the basic task is a wrapped function that has some attributes for determining success and when a function should be run. The configurable traits for a task include:

  • func, the function to be run
  • args, list of args to pass to the function
  • kwargs, dictionary of keyword args to pass to the function
  • attempts, number of times to retry (set to 0 means until success)
  • task_timeout, the number of seconds the function may be retried
  • delay, the time in between each run of the function (modified by backoff)
  • backoff, delay multiplier, extends the delay exponentially each iteration. backoff = 1 is standard interval, backoff = 2 doubles the time in between each retry
  • start_time, the timestamp at which the function will be run the first time ex time.time() + 30 run 30 seconds from now
  • success condition, function used to determine whether the task was successful this iteration. defaults to no exceptions raised and a non None return value

here are a few examples of what can be done with tasks

from functastic import Task
import time
f = some_function
# this is the basic task, some_function will be retried as often as possible
# until it returns a non None value and doesn't raise
task = Task(f, args['a'])

# let's give it only 10 tries
task = Task(f, args['a'], attempts=10)

# and slow it down a bit (wait 1 second between each attempt).
# the delay schedules the task again 1 second after the previous
# attempt
task = Task(f, args['a'], attempts=10, delay=1)

# and now let's make it backoff if at first it doesn't succeed
# this will be run at t=[0, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256] seconds
task = Task(f, args['a'], attempts=10, delay=1, backoff=2)

# another way to think of a task only having a certain number of attempts
# is to give it a timeout
# this function will be run approximately every 1 second for 60 seconds
# CAUTION! long running tasks may delay things, tasks with task_timeout
#          can only be guaranteed to run once
task = Task(f, args['a'], task_timeout=60, delay=1)

# want to schedule a task to start running 60 seconds from now?
# note that the task_timeout doesn't start counting until the first run
# so this function will start running in 60 seconds and retry every 1
# second for 30 seconds
task = Task(f, args['a'], start_time=time.time()+60, delay=1,

# define your own success condition for a task
task = Task(f, args['a'], delay=1,
            success_condition=lambda t: t.result == 'a')
# or change it later
task.success_condition = lambda t: t.result == 'b'
# you could also define a more involved function instead of lambdas
def success(task):
    if 'some key' in task.result:
        return True

task = Task(f, args['a'], delay=1, success_condition=success)

# if you want a task to run over and over forever, 10 seconds after
# it last finished, set an unmeetable success condition and do not
# specify attempts
task = Task(f, args=['a'], delay=10,
            success_condition=lambda t: t.result == 'kittens')

# Tasks can be used independently of a TaskHeap
task = Task(f, args['a'], attempts=10)
while task.retry:

TaskHeap usage

putting Task together with the TaskHeap, I’ll use a simple function that fails pretty often both with Exceptions and return values

def usually_fails(arg):
    if random.randint(1, 4) != 1:
        raise Exception('everything is ruined')
    if random.randint(1, 4) != 2:
        return None
    print '%s ran at %s' % (arg,
    return arg

TaskHeap is iterable and works as a bool and str(tasks) gives a pretty good output

from functastic import Task
from functastic import TaskHeap
tasks = TaskHeap()
tasks.append(Task(usually_fails, args=['a'], delay=1))
tasks.append(Task(usually_fails, args=['b'], attempts=10, delay=1))
if tasks:
    print len(tasks)
    print str(tasks)
    for task in tasks:
        print task

unthreaded use

run a task or set of tasks and return when they finish. without stop=True the call will block forever because it won’t stop iterating every TaskHeap interval.

from functastic import Task
from functastic import TaskHeap
# add tasks and then run run(stop=True)
tasks = TaskHeap()
tasks.append(Task(usually_fails, args=['a'], delay=1))
tasks.append(Task(usually_fails, args=['b'], attempts=10, delay=1))

use with threading library

TaskHeap works well with threading libraries. this will run the task loop in another thread and add tasks willy nilly while they run

import eventlet
from functastic import Task
from functastic import TaskHeap
# note the use of eventlet.sleep here to specify which sleep
# function TaskHeap should use, or use monkey patching
# interval can also be passed if you don't like the default 0.1s
# this sets the interval task run interval to 3 seconds
tasks = TaskHeap(sleep=eventlet.sleep, interval=3)
tasks.append(Task(usually_fails, args=['a'], delay=1))
tasks.append(Task(usually_fails, args=['b'], attempts=10, delay=1))

# have to sleep here to surrender execution to the green thread
while tasks:

stopping tasks

once a TaskHeap has been started with run(), it will run indefinitely unless stop=True is passed in run(stop=True). it can be stopped in two different ways: - stop_after(), causes the task loop to exit once all tasks are completed - stop_now(), causes the task loop to stop as soon as possible. since the task loop is single threaded, it will only exit after finishing the current iteration. this means the current task, if there is one, will continue as planned, but all future tasks will not be run unless run() is called again.

import eventlet
from functastic import Task
from functastic import TaskHeap

tasks = TaskHeap(sleep=eventlet.sleep)
gt = eventlet.spawn(
tasks.append(Task(usually_fails, args=['a'], delay=1))
tasks.append(Task(usually_fails, args=['b'], attempts=10, delay=1))

# stop the tasks thread after 5 second, gt.wait() will return almost
# instantly
gt.wait()             # <-- this line should return quickly

# start the tasks again
gt = eventlet.spawn(

# this time tell the tasks loop to exit once finished
gt.wait()             # <-- this line should return when all tasks complete

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