[Python-Dev] Fix to allow os.popen to work from pythonw.exe

Guido van Rossum guido@beopen.com
Sat, 08 Jul 2000 09:34:14 -0500

> os.popen fails to work if pythonw.exe is used to start python. This is
> true for 1.5.2 and 1.6a2.
> The root cause of the problem is in the Microsoft C RTL implementation
> of _popen(). _popen() will fail if there is not a valid file descriptor
> for stdin or stdout.
> The following replacement for WinMain.c works around the problem.
> I also ensure a valid descriptor for stderr for completeness.
> This was compiled and test under VC++ 6.0 SP3 on Windows 2000.

Let's also test it on Windows 98, 95 and NT.  If it works for all, I'm

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