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Can Python do Perl's print <<EOF; notation? - popen, subprocess works?

Perl has the ability to do the following:

print <<EOF;
...reams of text goes here...

Is there a Python equivalent of the above Perl code?

This thread has previous discussion on the topic:
we know one can use:

print """var1 = %(var1)s,
var2 = %(var2)s
... extra content..
""" % vars()

However, when the code in the string was actually
qsubcmds = """
cd %(cwd)s
%(cmds) %(args)
rm -f %(files)s
""" % vars()

in which %(cmd)s folks a subprocess, when this string was write to some
pipe, e.g.:

QSUB = Popen(qsubcmds, shell=True, stdin=PIPE)
print >QSUB.stdin, qsubcmds
(or Popen.communica te(qsubcmds))

the "rm -f " was not executed in my case.

The corresponding perl script runs fine:

open(QSUB, "| $qsubcmds -") || die "kao";
print QSUB <<End;
cd $cwd
$cmds $args
rm -f $files
close QSUB || die "kou";

How can we manage this in Python?

Aug 24 '06 #1
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yi********@gmai l.com <yi********@gma il.comwrote:
However, when the code in the string was actually
qsubcmds = """
cd %(cwd)s
%(cmds) %(args)
rm -f %(files)s
""" % vars()

in which %(cmd)s folks a subprocess, when this string was write to some
pipe, e.g.:

QSUB = Popen(qsubcmds, shell=True, stdin=PIPE)
print >QSUB.stdin, qsubcmds
(or Popen.communica te(qsubcmds))

the "rm -f " was not executed in my case.
Not sure why you are sending the mini shell script to itself on stdin?
That doesn't seem to make sense.

Come up with a simple example everyone can try and post it running in
an interactive python session. Here are my attempts to replicate your

This runs fine...
>>from subprocess import *
cmds="""ech o one
... echo two
... echo three
... echo four
... """
out = Popen(cmds, shell=True, stdin=PIPE)
As does this using stdin
>>cmds="""rea d A
... read B
... read C
... echo $C $B $A"""
>>out = Popen(cmds, shell=True, stdin=PIPE)
out.communica te("""one
... two
... three""")
three two one
(None, None)
Nick Craig-Wood <ni**@craig-wood.com-- http://www.craig-wood.com/nick
Aug 24 '06 #2

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