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Redirecting stderr to null and revert

I have some function that output too much stuff to stderr when called,
and I have no control over the function itself. So I thought as a
workaround, I redirect stderr to /dev/null before calling that
function, and then revert the stderr back after calling that
I have something like this:

def nullStderr():
err = open('/dev/null', 'a+', 0)
os.dup2(err.fileno(), sys.stderr.fileno())

def revertStderr():
sys.stderr = sys.__stderr__

Then when calling the function, I want to do:
noisyFunction(foo, bar)

The problem is the "revertStderr()" doesn't work, ie. I still get no
stderr back after calling it (stderr still redirects to /dev/null). I
want stderr back so that when the script fails in different places
later I can get error messages. What am I missing here ? Thanks a lot
for any help.


Aug 6 '07 #1
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reubendb wrote:
def nullStderr():
err = open('/dev/null', 'a+', 0)
os.dup2(err.fileno(), sys.stderr.fileno())

def revertStderr():
sys.stderr = sys.__stderr__
You're doing the redirection at one level and
trying to revert it at a different level.

If this is a Python function that's doing its
output by writing to sys.stderr, there's a
much simpler way to do the redirection:

sys.stderr = open('/dev/null', 'w')

(that's the Python builtin function 'open',
not the one in os). Then your revertStderr
function will work.

BTW I'd arrange for the reversion to be done
in a try-finally, e.g.


so you won't get stuck with a redirected stderr
if an exception occurs, and thereby not be able
to see the traceback!

Aug 7 '07 #2

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