os.system() question

Chris Rebert clp2 at rebertia.com
Mon Oct 19 20:30:53 CEST 2009


On Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 11:14 AM, Bryan  Irvine <sparctacus at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm a python n00b and so pardon me in advance if this is really stupid
> question.
>
> I have my suspicions but why does the following not work the way I'm
> anticipating it will?
>
> (python 2.4.4)
>
>>>> import os
>>>> if (os.system('echo test')):
<snip>

It's best to avoid os.system(). Use the newer `subprocess` module instead:

http://docs.python.org/library/subprocess.html

Cheers,
Chris
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