capturing the output of external commands

Avi Kak kak at
Sun Jul 25 18:41:42 CEST 2004

Thanks, Phil.  The function commands.getoutput()
is exactly what I was looking for.


On Sun, 25 Jul 2004 11:09:47 -0400, Phil Frost <indigo at>

>See the standard 'commands' module. If that doesn't fit your needs, you
>can capture the output directly with os.popen.
>On Sun, Jul 25, 2004 at 02:51:06PM +0000, Avi Kak wrote:
>> Is there a Python function in any of the
>> standard-distribution modules that does 
>> what the backticks do in Perl?
>> I want to run an external command and I'd
>> like its output to be captured directly 
>> in my Python script in the form of a string
>> object.
>> The function os.system() or any of the
>> os.exec functions do not work for what I 
>> have in mind because they do not capture
>> and return in Python the output produced
>> by the commands supplied to them as 
>> arguments.
>> Avi Kak
>> kak at

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