os.system question

Steven D'Aprano steve at REMOVE-THIS-cybersource.com.au
Wed Aug 13 00:48:22 CEST 2008

On Tue, 12 Aug 2008 14:42:28 -0700, norseman wrote:

> Can we take a moment and look at what is happening here?
> Python developers are creating an unwanted item!
> Let's take a good look:
> 1) import os                                                          9
> 2) name=os.popen('whoami').read()                                    30
> 3) from subprocess import Popen, PIPE                                34
> 4) me = Popen('whoami', stdout=PIPE, shell=True).stdout.read()       59
> I still prefer assembly. It's all right there, right up front. No
> compiler anomalies (accidental or intentional) to deal with.

Please tell me more, I am very interested in this assembly of which you 
speak. How would you write a program in assembly that does the same as 
the above code, and will run on any major platform? I would love to see 
the code. I expect it will be much shorter and more intuitive than the 
Python code you dislike, leading to fewer errors and less padding of the 
programmer's pockets at the expense of their employers.


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