[NumPy-Tickets] [NumPy] #1654: possible race condition with savez

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#1654: possible race condition with savez
 Reporter:  unclepedro  |       Owner:  somebody
     Type:  defect      |      Status:  new     
 Priority:  normal      |   Milestone:  2.0.0   
Component:  Other       |     Version:  1.5.0   
 Keywords:  savez       |  

 np.savez is not multi-process safe, because it always uses gettempdir() +
 key + ".npy". So, if you're running the same script over different data
 sets, you will roach your own data when one process removes the
 /tmp/arr_0.npy of another process.

 As luck would have it, I'm in that exact situation, so I have an example

 Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "/home/pedro/prospectus/prelim/bbvs/bin/skldthresh", line 99, in
   File "/home/pedro/prospectus/prelim/bbvs/bin/skldthresh", line 90, in
     np.savez("%smask-t%0.2f" % (outfile,threshold), result)
   File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/numpy/lib/io.py", line 230, in
     zip.write(filename, arcname=fname)
   File "/usr/lib/python2.5/zipfile.py", line 541, in write
     st = os.stat(filename)
 OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/tmp/arr_0.npy'

 Fortunately, replacing tempfile.gettempdir() with tempfile.mkdtemp() AND
 remembering to clean up at the end with os.rmdir(direc) is all it takes to
 fix it as far as I can tell.

 Attached is a patch.

Ticket URL: <http://projects.scipy.org/numpy/ticket/1654>
NumPy <http://projects.scipy.org/numpy>
My example project

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