concatenate function

Robert Kern robert.kern at
Tue Mar 13 16:02:12 CET 2012

On 3/13/12 2:35 PM, ferreirafm wrote:
> Hi List,
> I've coded three functions that I would like to concatenate. I mean, run
> them one after another. The third function depends on the results of the
> second function, which depends on the results of the first one. When I call
> one function after another, python runs them at the same time causing
> obvious errors messages. I've tried to call one of them from inside another
> but no way. Any clues are appreciated.
> Complete code goes here:

Just to clarify, the Python functions are indeed running consecutively, not 
concurrently. Your Python functions write scripts and then use 
to make qsub (an external program) to submit those scripts to a job queue. What 
you are calling a "function" in your post are these scripts. Please don't call 
them "functions". It's confusing.

Python is not running these scripts concurrently. Your job queue is. will wait until qsub returns. However, qsub just submits the 
script to the job queue; it does not wait until the job is completed. Most 
qsub-using job queues can be set up to make jobs depend on the completion of 
other jobs. You will need to read the documentation of your job queue to figure 
out how to do this. Once you figure out the right arguments to give to qsub, 
your Python code is already more or less correct.

Robert Kern

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