piping with subprocess

Rick Dooling rpdooling at gmail.com
Sat Feb 1 13:19:45 CET 2014

I spent half a day trying to convert this bash script (on Mac)

textutil -convert html $1 -stdout | pandoc -f html -t markdown -o $2

into Python using subprocess pipes.

It works if I save the above into a shell script called convert.sh and then do

subprocess.check_call(["convert.sh", file, markdown_file]) 

where file and markdown_file are variables.

But otherwise my piping attempts fail.

Could someone show me how to pipe in subprocess. Yes, I've read the doc, especially


But I'm a feeble hobbyist, not a computer scientist.



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