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Normally, to kill a Python script while it is running, pressing CTRL+C will work. However, if there are multiple threads running because the program is multithreaded, this will not immediately kill everything. In some cases, this can leave you waiting indefinitely, depending on what is occuring in the other threads. There are "clean" ways to handle these threads, such as:

    rows = some_function() 

    # Make some threads
    threads = list() 
    for row in rows:
        x = threading.Thread(target=some_other_function, args=([row]))

except KeyboardInterrupt as e:
    # Wait for the threads to finish/join
    for index, thread in enumerate(threads):
        print("The program has now exited...")

However, when debugging, often what you may want to do is to just kill everything immediately with no concern for "properly" cleaning up other threads. Probably the easiest way to do this is:

  1. Press CTRL+Z. This will put the current Python script into the background, returning your cursor to the terminal. Note that the script will still be running in the background
  2. Run pkill -9 python from the terminal to kill all running Python processes. Make sure to do this or you can run into issues with the other script running in the background (e.g., if the script writes to a database)

To verify that the process has been killed, the command ps can be run to list running processes.

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• [2019-09-15 17:06 PDT] August R. Garcia (10 months ago)
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