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I found a great blog post on how to catch ctrl-c keyboard interrup signals within multi-threaded Python programs: http://www.regexprn.com/2010/05/killing-multithreaded-python-programs.html


import os, sys, threading, time

class Worker(threading.Thread):
  def __init__(self):
    # A flag to notify the thread that it should finish up and exit
    self.kill_received = False

  def run(self):
      while not self.kill_received:

  def do_something(self):
      [i*i for i in range(10000)]

def main(args):

    threads = []
    for i in range(10):
        t = Worker()

    while len(threads) > 0:
            # Join all threads using a timeout so it doesn't block
            # Filter out threads which have been joined or are None
            threads = [t.join(1) for t in threads if t is not None and t.isAlive()]
        except KeyboardInterrupt:
            print "Ctrl-c received! Sending kill to threads..."
            for t in threads:
                t.kill_received = True

if __name__ == '__main__':

Worked like a charm.

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So recently I found myself needing to minimize the number of external resources in a webpage, and I ended up resorting to encoding each CSS image resource into base64 and then pasting it in by hand. It took considerable effort and focus to do by hand, and I never want to do it again that way. So I wrote a little python utility called python-inlinify-html to solve this kind of problem. I just made a repository on github for it and it’s good to go~

Example usage:

jay@macpro:~/python-inlinify-html (master)$ ./inlinify.py -d jaytaylor.com -i ~/error.html

Output snippet:


<img src="data:image/png;base64,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" alt="" />

It uses PyQuery to minimize the included CSS rules to those that exist within the document. Not too shabby.. ;)

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