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Optstrategy and PivotPoint indicator pickle error

  • Adding the pivot point indicator to a strategy results in a pickle error:

    File "/opt/emeraldmine/", line 61, in run
        runs =
      File "/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/backtrader/", line 1143, in run
        for r in pool.imap(self, iterstrats):
      File "/usr/lib/python3.7/multiprocessing/", line 748, in next
        raise value
    multiprocessing.pool.MaybeEncodingError: Error sending result: '[<emeraldmine.strategies.pivot.PivotBase object at 0x7f9e3bea7710>]'. Reason: 'PicklingError("Can't pickle <class 'backtrader.metabase.LinesCoupler_0'>: attribute lookup LinesCoupler_0 on backtrader.metabase failed")'

    The strategy contains nothing but the initialising of the pivot point indicator with in init():

    class PivotBase(BaseStrategy):
        """Base strategy using built in PivotPoint indicator that uses 2 timeframes."""
        params = dict(
        def __init__(self):
            self.pivot = btind.PivotPoint(self.data1)
            # # CrossOvers
        def next(self):
    if __name__ == "__main__":

    This only happens when running optstrategy, obviously because of the pickling, any directions on a fix?

  • Please take a look at the following post:

    Could this be relevant?

  • administrators

    The sample code is incomplete but the presence of

    @Benjamin-Kesby said in Optstrategy and PivotPoint indicator pickle error:

    if __name__ == "__main__":

    does clearly point in the direction indicated by @vladisld and the scoping problems that pickle has. The solution would be the same as the one outlined in the referenced post.

  • OK thank you, does this mean I cant keep strategies in separate files and import them? I have also wrapped a backtrader script in a class to allow for some easier configuration/ automation but i guess thats not possible with optstrategy also? Finally why would this error only occur with pivot points. All other indicators i've used so far do not create such an error.

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