Exec Statement Question

Dave Angel davea at ieee.org
Mon Nov 30 04:23:15 CET 2009

Victor Subervi wrote:
> Hi;
> I have the following line of code:
> exec('%s()' % table)
> where 'table' is a variable in a for loop that calls variables from another
> script. I've made it so that it only calls one variable. I know for a fact
> that it's calling that variable in the script because it found errors in
> that script. I've tried to have it return the following:
> print 'hi'
> return 'hi'
> It doesn't return anything. No errors are thrown because the code evaluates.
> I don't know how to capture the output. I would like to do something like:
> print exec(...)
> or
> var = exec(...)
> but of course those options don't work. Suggestions?
> TIA,
> Victor
exec is a statement, and statements don't have "return values."   It's 
not a function, so there are no parentheses in its syntax, either.  exec 
is also a technique of last resort;  there's nearly always a 
better/safer/faster way to accomplish what you might want, but of course 
you don't say what that is.

As for "returning" values, exec by default uses the same global space as 
your app, so you can just modify a global variable in your "called" code 
and use it afterwards.

abc = 42
value = 12
exec "abc = %d" % value
print abc


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