Fix Python – How to kill a while loop with a keystroke?


Asked By – Chris

I am reading serial data and writing to a csv file using a while loop. I want the user to be able to kill the while loop once they feel they have collected enough data.

while True:
    #do a bunch of serial stuff

    #if the user presses the 'esc' or 'return' key:

I have done something like this using opencv, but it doesn’t seem to be working in this application (and i really don’t want to import opencv just for this function anyway)…

        # Listen for ESC or ENTER key
        c = cv.WaitKey(7) % 0x100
        if c == 27 or c == 10:

So. How can I let the user break out of the loop?

Also, I don’t want to use keyboard interrupt, because the script needs to continue to run after the while loop is terminated.

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The easiest way is to just interrupt it with the usual Ctrl-C (SIGINT).

    while True:
except KeyboardInterrupt:

Since Ctrl-C causes KeyboardInterrupt to be raised, just catch it outside the loop and ignore it.

This question is answered By – Keith

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