setting program name, like $0= in perl?

Emile van Sebille emile at
Tue Jun 9 17:16:49 EDT 2009

On 6/9/2009 1:06 PM mh at said...
> I'm sure this is a FAQ, but I certainly haven't been able
> to find an answer.
> Is it possible to set the program name as seen by the
> operating system or lower-level libraries?
> I'm connecting to a database, and the runtime helpfully
> sends some information to the server, such as username,
> pid, and program name.
> Unfortunately, all my python programs get the name
> '/usr/bin/python', and I would like to force that to
> be the names of the individual scripts.

If you include the shebang as first line and execute the script directly 
I think it'll work.


import sys
print sys.argv[0]


> Many TIA!
> Mark

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