I have an application which polls a bunch of servers every few minutes. To do this, it spawns one thread per server to poll (15 servers) and writes back the data to an object:

import requests
import threading
import time

servers = ['', '']

class CallThreads(threading.Thread):
    Auxiliary class used to provide arguments to threads

    def __init__(self, target, *args):
        self.target = target
        self.args = args

    def run (self):

class ServerResults(object):
    def __init__(self):
        self.results_list = []

    def add_server(some_argument):

def poll_server(server, results):
    response = requests.get(server, timeout=10)

def process_results(results):
    # Do something with the results

def main():
    while True:
        results = ServerResults()
        for s in servers:
            t = CallThreads(poll_server, s, results)
            t.daemon = True

if __name__ == '__main__':

This is my first non-trivial Python application, so I would appreciate any critique, comments, or suggestions. Thank you!

  • \$\begingroup\$ Is the while statement supposed to be in the process_results function? \$\endgroup\$ Aug 24, 2013 at 14:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you Aseem. No, the while statement is not in the process_results() function. I have added a main() function to clarify this. \$\endgroup\$
    – dotancohen
    Aug 25, 2013 at 6:57

1 Answer 1


The two classes seem useless to me.

ServerResults only contains a list, so just use a list. Edit: see comment below.

The CallThreads class is unnecessary, this:

t = CallThreads(poll_server, s, results)

can be written like that:

t = Thread(target=poll_server, args=(s, results))

Note that you could also use the partial function:

t = Thread(target=partial(poll_server, s, results))

or a lambda:

t = Thread(target=lambda: poll_server(s, results))
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you. ServerResults is actually much more than a list, I just show a list in this example code for simplicity's sake. I am interested in this partial function, where is this documented? Googling for python target=partial turns up some blog posts but no real documentation. Thanks! \$\endgroup\$
    – dotancohen
    Sep 2, 2013 at 9:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oops, I was going to put a link to the documentation but forgot. It's in the standard library: functools.partial. target is a keyword argument of Thread(), you simply had to search for python partial. \$\endgroup\$
    – Changaco
    Sep 2, 2013 at 9:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ Great, thanks. I had to add from functools import partial. I'm still playing with it, thank you. \$\endgroup\$
    – dotancohen
    Sep 2, 2013 at 9:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ The code which uses target=partial is segfaulting, please see the SO question. \$\endgroup\$
    – dotancohen
    Sep 2, 2013 at 17:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sorry, I don't know much about debugging segfaults. Have you tried using gdb ? \$\endgroup\$
    – Changaco
    Sep 3, 2013 at 12:11

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