Installing MySQL-python in Snow Leopard

Here are the steps for installing MySQL-python in Snow leopard:

Untar downloaded Mysql-Python
cd [Mysql-Python path]
export PATH=/usr/local/mysql:$PATH
sudo ARCHFLAGS='-arch x86_64' python build
sudo ARCHFLAGS='-arch x86_64' python install

FYI: I have tested the installation in Python2.6.5

Installing Scipy, Numpy and Matplotlib in Snow Leopard

I had trouble installing Scipy in my Macbook(SnowLeopard). After googling, I endup into the site .It solved my problem. Here is how i did it in simple way.

  1. Run the Python 2.6.4 installer.
  2. Run the NumPy 1.3.0 installer.
  3. Run the SciPy 0.7.1 installer.

Actual Source:

To install Matplotlib download matplotlib from here. Install the downloaded package and enjoy python scientific toolkits :) .

Experssion, Term and Item

Every time i study about Parse tree (Compiler deisgn/Theory of compuatation), I get confused what expression, term and item actually means. So i am blogging for my reference and hope it will be useful to others too.

  • An expression is a sum (with + or -) of terms.
  • A term is a product (with * or /) of items.
  • An item is either a number, or a variable name, or an expression enclosed in parentheses.

Generalized Producer-Consumer solution using Semaphore

The producer-consumer problem is a classical example of a multi-process synchronization problem. It illustrates the need for synchronization in systems where many processes share a resource. The problem describes two processes, the producer and the consumer, who share a common, fixed-size buffer. The producer's job is to generate a piece of data, put it into the buffer and start again. At the same time the consumer is consuming the data (i.e. removing it from the buffer) one piece at a time. The problem is to make sure that the producer won't try to add data into the buffer if it's full and that the consumer won't try to remove data from an empty buffer.

Here, the problem is generalized to have multiple producers and consumers. The solution to these type of problem must assure three constraints
  1. Mutual exclusion
  2. Free from Deadlock
  3. Free from Starvation
Pseudo-code for the solution to multiple producer- consumer problem is given below.

Semaphore fullBuffer = 0; // Initially, no item in buffer
Semaphore emptyBuffers = numBuffers; // Initially, num empty buffer
Semaphore mutex = 1; // No thread updating the buffer
Producer(item) {
emptyBuffers.P(); // Wait until space
mutex.P(); // Wait until buffer free
fullBuffers.V(); // Tell consumers there is data in buffer
Consumer() {
item = Dequeue();
return item;
The mutex lock is used to ensure that only one process will be accessing the buffer at a time,this protect the Queue data structure (a shared buffer) from being damaged. If the mutex lock is not used then the concurrent process can manipulate the head and tail pointer associated with the buffer in undesired way. The emptyBuffers and fullBuffer are the semaphore specifying the no of the empty buffers and fullbuffer available respectively.

The code implementing the given pseudo-code is shown below:

* main.c
* Created on: Dec 31, 2008
* Author: Suvash Sedhain
* Multiple producer and Multiple consumer solution using Semaphores
* Note: semaphore.P() is actually sem_wait() and semaphore.V() is sem_post()
* as defined in semaphore.h
* Ref:
* - Operating System Concepts : Abraham Silberschatz, Peter Baer Galvin, Greg Gagne
* - Operating Systems, William Stallings
* - Professor John D. Kubiatowicz lectures notes, University of California, Berkeley
* website:

#include <stdlib.h>
#include <pthread.h>
#include <semaphore.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#define BUFFER_SIZE 5
const int MAX_PRODUCER = 20;
const int MAX_CONSUMER = 20;

// information to maintain the circular queue data structure
int head = 0;
int tail = 0;

//shared buffer
int buffer[BUFFER_SIZE];
// mutex lock for buffer
pthread_mutex_t mutex;
//semaphores for specifying the empty and full
sem_t emptyBuffers;
sem_t fullBuffer;

//initialze the locks
void initialize_locks()

// Produce random value to shared buffer
void *producer(void *param)
int item;
item = rand();
buffer[tail] = item ;
tail = (tail+1) % BUFFER_SIZE;
printf ("producer: inserted %d \n", item);
fflush (stdout);

printf ("producer quiting\n"); fflush (stdout);

//consume values from the shared buffer
void *consumer(void *param)
int item;
while (1)
item = buffer[head];
head = ( head + 1) % BUFFER_SIZE;
printf ("consumer: removed %d \n", item);
fflush (stdout);

int main( int argc, char *argv[])
int i, sleep_time = 100, no_of_consumer_threads = 10, no_of_producer_threads = 2;
pthread_t producer_id[MAX_PRODUCER], consumer_id[MAX_CONSUMER];
// create producer threads
for(i = 0; i < no_of_producer_threads; i++)
if (pthread_create(&producer_id[i],NULL,producer,NULL) != 0)
fprintf (stderr, "Unable to create producer thread\n");
return -1;
// create consumer threads
for(i = 0; i < no_of_consumer_threads; i++)
if (pthread_create(&consumer_id[i],NULL,consumer,NULL) != 0)
fprintf (stderr, "Unable to create consumer thread\n");
return 0;

Simple RSS feed reader in python

Writing a simple RSS feed reader is pretty simple in python.Here i have presented a simple snippet that prints the "title" element of the RSS feed

# This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify

# it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
# the Free Software Foundation; version 2 of the License.

# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
# GNU General Public License for more details.

from urllib2 import urlopen
from xml.sax import make_parser, ContentHandler
import sys

__author__ = "Suvash Sedhain"
__date__ = "Fri Sep 12 16:46:44 NPT 2008"

class RSSHandler (ContentHandler):

def __init__(self):
self.__inItem = False
self.__inTitle = False

def characters(self,data):
if self.__inTitle:

def startElement(self, tag, attrs):
if tag == "item":
self.__inItem = True
if tag == "title" and self.__inItem:
self.__inTitle = True

def endElement(self, tag):
if tag == "title" and self.__inTitle:
self.__inTitle = False
if tag == "item":
self.__inItem = False

def listFeedTitle(url):
infile = urlopen(url)
parser = make_parser()

#extract all the python related links from dzone

Code Explanation:

The class RSSHandler is derived from the class ContentHandler, which is a interface that provides functionality of Parsing XML. we override methods characters, startElement and endElement to customize the parser as per our need.

The method invocation can be summarized as:
  • "characters" method is called when stream of text is encountered
  • "startElement" method is called when any starting tag is encountered
  • "endElement" method is called when any ending tag is encountered
The function make_parser is a factory function that returns the generic XML parser.

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