Dear python enthousiasts,
While replacing some of my bash scripts by python scripts, I found the following useful. I wrote a small utility module that allows piping input and output in a very similar way to how you do it in bash. The major advantage over just using shell=True is that this does not expose us to the latter's security risks and quoting hazards.
The major advantage of using a pipe instead of just manually feeding the output of one process to the other is that with a pipe, it doesn't all have to fit into memory at once. However, the Python way of doing that is rather cumbersome:
>>> from subprocess import Popen, PIPE >>> p1 = Popen(['echo', 'a\nb'], stdout=PIPE) >>> p2 = Popen([head], '-n1'], stdin=p1.stdout, stdout=PIPE) >>> p2.communicate() ('a\n', None)
I've been able to replace this by:
>>> from pipeutils import call >>> (call('echo', 'a\nb') | call('head', '-n1')).output() 'a\n'
And similarly, I can do direct file redirects like this:
>>> (call('echo', 'Hello world!') > 'test.txt').do() 0 >>> (call('cat') < 'test.txt').output() 'Hello world!\n'
I think that this is a lot more concise and readable. As far as I'm concerned, this was the only reason I would ever use bash scripts instead of python scripts.
I would love to hear opinions on this. How would people like this as a library?
The source is online at https://bitbucket.org/tkluck/pipeutils