Fast way to send message between 2 child processes? (using a file is too slow?)

Jeff Epler jepler at
Tue Mar 9 04:25:05 CET 2004

You can use os.pipe() to get a pair of fds, where data written to the
second one can be read by the first one.  Untested code:
    reader, writer = os.pipe()
    pid1 = coroutine(('/bin/sh', '-c', 'some code1'), \
                    reader, sys.stdout, sys.stderr)
    pid2 = coroutine(('/bin/sh', '-c', 'some code2'), \
                    sys.stdin, writer, sys.stderr)

Use os.waitpid() to reap the child processes.

All of this assumes Unix, of course.


Definitions of coroutine() and supporting code.  Moderately tested:

dev_null = open("/dev/null", "rw")
def F(x):
    if x is None: return dev_null.fileno()
    if not isinstance(x, int): return x.fileno()
    return x

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)
        for j in range(3, 255):
            try: os.close(j)
            except: pass
        os.execvp(args[0], args)
        print "execvp failed ?"
    return pid

On Mon, Mar 08, 2004 at 06:27:33PM -0800, Christian Seberino wrote:

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