calling python scripts as a sub-process

Catherine Moroney Catherine.M.Moroney at
Wed Nov 19 20:03:23 CET 2008

I have one script (Match1) that calls a Fortran executable as a 
sub-process, and I want to write another script (Match4) that
spawns off several instances of Match1 in parallel and then waits
until they all finish running.  The only way I can think of doing this
is to call it as a sub-process, rather than directly.

I'm able to get Match1 working correctly in isolation, using the
subprocess.Popen command, but calling an instance of Match1 as a
subprocess spawned from Match4 isn't working.

The command (stored as an array of strings) that I'm executing is:

['python ../src_python/ ', 
'--file_ref=MISR_AM1_GRP_ELLIPSOID_GM_P228_O003571_BF_F03_0024.hdf ', 
'--file_cmp=MISR_AM1_GRP_ELLIPSOID_GM_P228_O003571_DF_F03_0024.hdf ', 
'--block_start=62 ', '--block_end=62 ', '--istep=16 ', "--chmetric='M2' 
", "--use_textid='true '"]

and I'm calling it as:

sub1 = subprocess.Popen(command)

I get the error below.  Does anybody know what this error refers
to and what I'm doing wrong?  Is it even allowable to call another
script as a sub-process rather than calling it directly?

  File "../src_python/", line 24, in RunMatch4
     sub1 = subprocess.Popen(command1)
   File "/usr/lib64/python2.5/", line 593, in __init__
     errread, errwrite)
   File "/usr/lib64/python2.5/", line 1051, in _execute_child
     raise child_exception
OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory

Thanks for any help,


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