Python terminal slows down over time

Hi everyone,

I’m using an odrive as part of a larger system that is being coordinated via a python program run from an ipython terminal. This system will often run for a few hours at a time, over which the terminal + all running code slows down (even typing letters/print statements take ~1-2 seconds to execute). I’ve found that if I destroy the odrive object, after about 30 seconds the terminal will go back to its original speed.

I don’t think this is a memory leak, as the total memory usage of my terminal doesn’t change over time. I have a ferrite bead at either end of the usb cable, and I am not going through a usb hub.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!



I think I found a fix, though it would be great if someone who knows better could explain why this works.

odrv0._libfibre.timer_map is a dictionary that adds a new <TimerHandle> entry once per second. As these entries accumulate, the terminal eventually slows down. I assume these are all involved in some background process within libfibre that accumulate into GIL. When i clear this dictionary by odrv0._libfibre.timer_map = {}, in a second or two (assuming this is the interval of the libfibre background process) the terminal speed goes back to normal. From what I can tell this does not affect operation of the odrive.