spawnv( ) or spawnl( ) do not launch a normal running process in Python 2.2.2?

nushin nushin2 at
Thu Aug 7 02:14:15 CEST 2003

Thanks Jeff. You do launch a process properly in spawnv if the 3rd
parameter of spawnv is argv list, i.e., the following code would
launch in a normal running *R* state in Linux., therefore:

os.spawnv(os.P_NOWAIT,'/usr/bin/python',('python', ''))
would spawn in state *R*. However, os.P_NOWAIT doesn't work
properly, by that i mean, i am expecting ** to get launched
asynchronously, but i see my parent process always gets finished
*after* its child process finishes.
Is it a bug in spawnv?

Please correct me if i am wrong, and thank you for your time.


Jeff Epler <jepler at> wrote in message news:<mailman.1060116250.10654.python-list at>...
> the third argument to os.spawnv is an argument list as in execv, not a
> command string as in popen and system.  The statement you listed
>     > os.spawnv(os.P_NOWAIT,'/usr/bin/python',('python >/dev/null
> runs the Python binary with its argv[0] set to 'python >/dev/null',
> which is probably going to drop into trying to read a script from
> standard input since there is no script or command on the commandline,
> but I'm not really sure what to expect in this crazy case.
> There's no easy way to do command redirections while using spawnv.
> Here's a piece of code to do so with fork+exec [tested]:
>     def F(x):
>         if not isinstance(x, int): return x.fileno()
>     def coroutine(args, child_stdin, child_stdout, child_stderr):
>         pid = os.fork()
>         if pid == 0:
>             os.dup2(F(child_stdin), 0)
>             os.dup2(F(child_stdout), 1)
>             os.dup2(F(child_stderr), 2)
>             os.execvp(args[0], args)
>         return pid
> you could do something similar with os.spawnv [untested]:
>     def dup2_noerror(a, b):
>         try:
>             os.dup2(a, b)
>         except:
>             pass
>     def coroutine_spawnv(flags, args, child_stdin, child_stdout, child_stderr):
>         old_stdin = os.dup(0)
>         old_stdout = os.dup(1)
>         old_stderr = os.dup(2)
>         try:
>             os.dup2(F(child_stdin), 0)
>             os.dup2(F(child_stdout), 1)
>             os.dup2(F(child_stderr), 2)
>             return os.spawnv(flags, args[0], args)
>         finally:
>             dup2_noerror(old_stdin, 0)
>             dup2_noerror(old_stdout, 1)
>             dup2_noerror(old_stderr, 2)
> Jeff

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