Is it technically possible to give Python option of naming process of running script?

Grant Edwards invalid at invalid.invalid
Wed Mar 14 17:02:02 CET 2012

On 2012-03-14, Chris Angelico <rosuav at> wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 1:43 AM, xliiv <tymoteusz.jankowski at> wrote:
>> Like the topic.. .
>> I use Python a lot, both Windows and Linux, and it's little weird to have many python process without fast distinction which is what.
> I've no idea if it's even possible on Windows. On Linux, what you want
> is the prctl function, which (AFAIK) isn't directly available.
> Google is your friend, though. Question's already been asked on Stack
> Overflow and such, and has a few answers. Nothing that looks
> cut-and-dried ready, but several that might work.

The question of how to set the application name comes up somewhat
regularly. It would be awfully nice if there was a way for python
applications to set their application name.  It's especially useful
for daemons, and makes it much easier when you can kill them by name
instead of having to look up the PID.

It seems like an excellent thing to add to the "os" module.

> Look for 'prctl' and 'PR_SET_NAME', which are the C-level function
> and constant that do the job; a cursory examination of PyPI shows a
> module with prctl in the name, so that may be of value.

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