how to get the output of embedded python?

Jean-Luc Fontaine jfontain at
Thu Feb 15 08:56:45 EST 2001

David Bolen wrote:

> Jean-Luc Fontaine <jfontain at> writes:
> > Yes. That is whatever output you would see when in interactive mode, if
> > that makes any sense...
> Oh, I think I understand better.  You don't actually want to trap any
> output generated during the execution of the code - you just want to
> deal with the result of the expression you may be evaluating.
> > That does not seem to matter in other scripting languages, such as Tcl
> > or Perl: calling an internal eval C function with a script as argument
> > returns the result of the script (not what comes out on stdout or
> > stderr), which may be empty.
> > 
> > For example, if I define a function foo that returns a string, invoking
> > eval("foo()") in C would return that string. Is not that the behavior of
> > python in interactive mode, for example?
> On an expression by expression basis, yes, each expression has a
> result object (but not statements such as "print" for example).
> You should be able to handle the same thing from your controlling code
> by dipping a little lower than the "Simple" high level functions.  By
> using either PyRun_File or PyRun_String you can evaluate Python code,
> and the result of the function is the resulting Python object (a
> PyObject *).  Use PyEval_GetGlobals and PyEval_GetLocals for the
> dictionaries to supply to the execution.
> Once you have the resulting object pointer you can do anything you
> want with it (using any of the Python functions available for
> extending/embedding applications), including converting it into a
> string representation if you like.  Note that the result does not
> itself have to be a string object, since a Python expression can
> result in any Python object.  Check out the abstract and concrete
> objects layer in the C/API reference or the Python source for all
> sorts of functions.
> But if you know you want a string representation, you should be able
> to use something like PyObject_Str to return a new Python object with
> a string representation of the result object.  Then, if you just want
> a char*, use PyString_AsString.
> --

Thank you so very much for all this information: that is what I needed to 
get started.

Jean-Luc Fontaine mailto:jfontain at

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