Trent Mick trentm at
Mon Sep 15 20:20:04 CEST 2003


Basically working with processes in a cross-platform manner is a pain.
:)  Yes PIDs are more of a Linux/Unix thing. I think they do exist to a
degree on Windows but that would only be as part of Windows' weak posix
compliance layer. In Windows you generally want to talk about process
handles. However, Python's standard process handling stuff doesn't
generally expose the handles for started processes. I have a module
called that might help do what you want to do. Give it a try:


[Guy wrote]
> Hi
> I've done some projects in python for my work which invole some test
> scripts etc. All quite basic stuff, I find python a good language to
> work in but have come up against a brick wall. I'm been searching
> google for hours about processes pids etc. My problem is as follows
> the main problem code can be seen below :
> server = uc_server(HOST_str, PORT_num)
> while 1:
>     asyncore.poll(SERVER_TIMEOUT)
>     # Only pops queue when the current item is blank.
>     if (server.current_queue_item == [0,"","",["",0],["",""]]):
>         # Pops a queue item if there are any queue items to get.
>         Temp_Current_Item = MainQueue.Pop()
>         if (Temp_Current_Item != N):
>             server.current_queue_item = Temp_Current_Item
>         Execute_Command_str =
> ServerSupport.CreateCommand(Temp_Current_Item)
>         # Only executes if on a win32 platform.
>         if (sys.platform == "win32")and(Execute_Command_str != N):
>             output, input = popen2("cmd.exe")
>             input.write(Execute_Command_str+"\n")
>             input.write("exit\n")
>             while 1:
>                 text = output.readline()
>                 if text:
>                     print text                    
>                 else:
>                     # Sets the current queue item to blank.
>                     server.current_queue_item =
> [0,"","",["",0],["",""]]
>                     break
> What I want to have is a server which is multi platform win32,
> unix(lots of differnt sorts and may be mac later but forget mac for
> now.) that people can telnet onto leave a job, and then the server
> runs the jobs one at a time.
> What I have is a server that people can telnet on to leave a job, the
> server will execute it and keep executing it until it is done. I
> thought that maybe the poll thing would sort this out by switching
> from the main body of the script to the server part of the script, but
> it didn't. The way that I use popen2 is my fav. way of executing
> processes as I can catcher all output. What would be really good if I
> could execute commands or scripts by using child processes and
> searching for there pids this way I would know whats running on the
> box at any one time.
> There's loads about pids processes on google but it mainly in unix, I
> mainly want it in win32 which there is hardly anything about.
> Please Please Help
> Guy
> -- 

Trent Mick
TrentM at

More information about the Python-list mailing list