Code interpreter session expires after an hour, what next?

I’m trying to use code retrieval within my assistant. When first creating a thread and asking for a generated document I have no problems, the document is generated successfully. After an hour when the session expires, I get messages of the nature “I’m having technical issues generating your document”. I understand that this could be due to the session being expired. How can I renew or create a new session so that my requests to the same thread keep working after the hour has passed? Of course I don’t mind paying for extra sessions, I just can’t find how to renew the session anywhere.
Any help is very well appreciated~!

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thread_id which you have to create on the first message pass it to the next one to continue I believe. May want to test that though as I have not used it in a while and not 100% but pretty sure :slight_smile:

    message_response = openai_client.beta.threads.messages.create(
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Thank you for your reply! Unfortunately I do pass the thread id to the next message. The messages are created successfully, but when I try to invoke the code interpreter I get the messages described in the original post. I just want to get the code interpreter working again in the same thread after the hour-long session is finished.

Ah, I think I understand the issue now. It sounds like while your thread remains active, the code interpreter session you’re utilizing might be experiencing a timeout. This means when you try to continue using the code interpreter in the same thread after some time has passed, it won’t simply pick up where it left off because the session has likely expired.

This scenario can indeed be challenging, especially without specific details on how the code interpreter’s session management is designed to work within the assistant’s framework. I’m assuming here that these code interpreters are, in essence, services the assistant calls upon, which may not have their own session management independent of the main thread’s session.

Without knowing the exact nature of the tasks you’re performing with the code interpreter, it’s difficult to provide a precise workaround. However, if you’re engaged in tasks like building code or processing large datasets, you could consider implementing a sort of “bookmarking” system. This system would track your progress, taking into account the session’s time constraints. You could then design it to either:

  1. Cap the Run Time: Limit each session’s duration to ensure it concludes before the timeout. This requires storing where it left off, so you can continue from that point in a new session.
  2. Chunk Processing: Break down the task into smaller chunks that can be processed within each session’s time limit. After processing each chunk, store the progress and possibly the outputs. In the next session, you can pick up where you left off, process the next chunk, and so on, until the task is complete. This approach may also involve reassembling the parts if the task is cumulative or sequential.

Implementing such mechanisms might require additional logic in your application to manage the state across sessions and ensure continuity. It could be a bit more complex but could provide a viable path forward given the session timeout constraint.

I hope this helps! If you can share more details about what you’re trying to achieve with the code interpreter, I might be able to offer more targeted advice.


Thanks again for your advice!
What I’m using the code interpreter for is just generating documents (pdf or docx) with user given content.
I have developed a workaround which is to keep track of when was the session created. On each message I check if an hour has passed and if it has, call a switch thread function which basically creates a new thread and gives this new thread the context of what was talked about in the previous one to give it continuity.
This way when invoking a code interpreter function it will run normally since it’s a new thread.
Despite all this, there should be a simple way to start a new code interpreter session when the previous one expires. More so, it should happen automatically when adding new messages to the thread.

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Spot the multiple watermarks of completely AI-written text…

You should be transparent about the extent and purpose of any AI language that came out of a language model.

Cheers, I appreciate the time you took to analyze and comment on my approach. To clarify, the suggestions I offered—Cap the Run Time and Chunk Processing—originate from my own strategies for handling session timeouts in code interpreters. I frequently refine my explanations with the assistance of AI to ensure clarity and effectiveness, which was the case here.

I find this method especially useful in discussions where precision and understanding are paramount. This practice aligns with my broader commitment to leveraging AI tools in innovative ways, such as through my memex system. This system is designed to aid individuals with memory issues, brain injuries, speech difficulties, and other disabilities by enhancing their ability to communicate and process information. It serves to distill and re-present their input in a structured manner, with the core content and intent always driven by the user.

In essence, my use of AI is not only a tool for improving communication clarity but also an integral part of my effort to make digital spaces more accessible for everyone. This technology enables me to support those who might otherwise struggle to share their thoughts and knowledge effectively.

Your point on transparency is well-taken, and I assure you that my intention is never to obscure the use of AI in my work.

On the contrary, I am open about leveraging AI to its fullest potential to foster understanding and assist those in need. I hope this clarifies my position and the rationale behind my approach.

Ps. this is Ai re-worded so it’s clear for you. anything else I can help you with today :slight_smile:

Having the same issue, I’m going to try to solve this by re-uploading the file after an hour