How to retry after exception?


Question

I have a loop starting with for i in range(0, 100). Normally it runs correctly, but sometimes it fails due to network conditions. Currently I have it set so that on failure, it will continue in the except clause (continue on to the next number for i).

Is it possible for me to reassign the same number to i and run through the failed iteration of the loop again?

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7/17/2018 1:19:11 AM

Accepted Answer

Do a while True inside your for loop, put your try code inside, and break from that while loop only when your code succeeds.

for i in range(0,100):
    while True:
        try:
            # do stuff
        except SomeSpecificException:
            continue
        break
319
5/2/2014 5:03:00 PM

I prefer to limit the number of retries, so that if there's a problem with that specific item you will eventually continue onto the next one, thus:

for i in range(100):
  for attempt in range(10):
    try:
      # do thing
    except:
      # perhaps reconnect, etc.
    else:
      break
  else:
    # we failed all the attempts - deal with the consequences.

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