how to pass scripts to python -c

Guillermo Fernandez Castellanos guillermo.fernandez at
Mon Feb 9 12:51:39 CET 2004

Oh! I found another version:

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#!/usr/bin/env python
import sys
if len(sys.argv)==1:
     for files in sys.argv[1:]:

Don't ask me why you must put read(1) and not simply read(), it works, and I'm 
happy :-)
But if someone could explain me why it works, it would be cool.



Daniel Kramer wrote:
> what are the formatting rules to passing python commands to the python
> command line?  I've tried the following, which works:
> echo hello | python  -c "import sys; print[:4]"
> I'm actually trying to shell out of another scripting lang that's not
> very good at string parsing to have python do some work.. the only
> problem is this other lang doesn't like the ";" in my python command
> string and fails.  Is there another notation I can use on a single
> line to tell python that there is a line break?
> I tried:
> echo hello | python  -c "import sys\n print[:4]"
> but that doesn't work
> any suggestions? 
> thanks 
> daniel

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