gipc / README

What is gipc?
Naive usage of Python's multiprocessing package in the context of a
gevent-powered application may raise various problems and most likely breaks the
application in many ways.

gipc (pronunciation "gipsy") is developed with the motivation to solve these
issues transparently. With gipc, multiprocessing.Process-based child processes
can safely be created anywhere within your gevent-powered application. The API
of multiprocessing.Process objects is provided in a gevent-cooperative fashion.
Furthermore, gipc comes up with a pipe-based transport layer for
gevent-cooperative inter-process communication and useful helper constructs.
gipc is lightweight and simple to integrate.

What are the boundary conditions?
Currently, gipc is tested on CPython 2.6 & 2.7 and developed against gevent

Where is the documentation?
The API documentation and further details can be found at

Is gipc stable?
Development began in late 2012, so it is far from being mature. However, as of
version 0.3.0, I am not aware of any fundamental issue. gipc's basic approach
has proven to be reasonable. gipc is developed with a strong focus on
reliability and with best intentions in mind. Via extensive unit testing, it has
been validated to work reliably in scenarios of low and medium complexity. It is
ready to be evaluated in the context of serious projects. Please let me know how
gipc performs for you.

Where should I download gipc?
Releases are available at `PyPI <>`_.
The development version can be retrieved from the mercurial repository at
`bitbucket <>`_.

How can the unit tests be run?
If you run into troubles with gipc, it is a good idea to run the unit test suite
under your conditions. gipc's unit tests are written for
`pytest <>`_. With ``gipc/test`` (included in the release)
being the current working directory, I usually run tests like this::

    $ py.test -v

How is code audit perfomed?
I use `pep8 <>`_ and
`pylint <>`_. Have a look at ```` in
the code repository. Unit test code coverage analysis requires
`coverage <>`_ and
`pytest-cov <>`_. ```` leaves
behind a coverage HTML report in the ``coverage_html`` directory.

Contact & Help
Your feedback and questions are highly appreciated. For now, please contact me
via mail at or use the
`Bitbucket issue tracker <>`_.

Author & license
``gipc`` is written and maintained by `Jan-Philip Gehrcke <>`_.
It is licensed under the
`Apache License 2.0 <>`_.