Python: How to get stdout after running os.system?
I want to get the
stdout in a variable after running the
Lets take this line as an example:
batcmd="dir" result = os.system(batcmd)
result will contain the error code (
0 under Windows or
1 under some linux for the above example).
How can I get the
stdout for the above command without using redirection in the executed command?
If all you need is the
stdout output, then take a look at
subprocess.check_output() (added in Python 2.7):
import subprocess batcmd="dir" result = subprocess.check_output(batcmd, shell=True)
Because you were using
os.system(), you'd have to set
shell=True to get the same behaviour. You do want to heed the big red warning message about passing untrusted arguments to your shell.
If you need to capture
stderr as well, simply add
stderr=subprocess.STDOUT to the call:
result = subprocess.check_output([batcmd], stderr=subprocess.STDOUT)
to redirect the error output to the default output stream.
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