Portably killing/signalling another process not supported?

John Nagle nagle at animats.com
Sat Jan 26 18:28:04 CET 2008


    There doesn't seem to be any way to portably kill another process
in Python.  "os.kill" is Mac/Unix only.  The "signal" module only lets
you send signals to the current process.  And the "subprocess" module
doesn't have a "kill" function.

    Subprocess objects really should have a portable "interrupt" or
"kill" function.  They already have "poll" and "wait", which have
to be implemented differently for different systems; that's the
logical place for "kill".

    Yes, there are nonportable workarounds
(http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Cookbook/Python/Recipe/347462)
but no portable solution.

				John Nagle



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