os.popen output different from native shell output

nickname thebiggestbangtheory at gmail.com
Tue Aug 25 10:36:08 CEST 2009

Hi all,
       I am a relative newbie to python, I am using os.popen to run an
ls command. The output that I get using the read() function is
different in look and feel from when I run the ls command natively
from the shell (not via python). I display the ouput via python by
using the print function on the variable that accepts the os.popen
().read() function.

For example:

output from native shell (as seen on the bash shell)

file1 file2 dir1(highlighted in blue color)

file 4

output from python (as seen on the bash shell)

dir1 (no blue color)

Is there an easy way to "mirror" the output. When python displays the
output, how can it tell the bash shell that some of the entries are
directories and they should appear blue on the bash shell, and that
everything should not be appearing on 1 column only.

Thanks for any pointers.

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