Data exchange between python script and bash script

Frank Miles fpm at
Tue Apr 4 11:24:31 EDT 2017

On Tue, 04 Apr 2017 08:01:42 -0700, venkatachalam.19 wrote:

> Hello All,
> I am writing a python code for processing a data obtained from a sensor. The data from sensor is obtained by executing a python script. The data obtained should be further given to another python module where the received data is used for adjusting the location of an object.
> For achieving this, there is a central bash script, which runs both the python modules parallel. Something like:
> python &
> python &

What is going on that two python scripts are needed?  Which one generates the data needed by the bash script?

> I am trying to return the sensor data to the bash .sh file, therefore it can be provided to the other script. This, based on the online tutorials looks like:
> sensor_data=$(python &

Presumably <sensor_data> is simply getting the exit status code from the python interpreter, not the data, right?
What are you seeing?

> and the sensor_data is assigned by printing the required data in the corresponding python script. For example, the data is printed in as follows:
> print >>sys.stderr,sens_data
> By printing the data onto sys.stderr and assigning a return variable in the bash, I am expecting the data to be assigned.

Assigned to what?  Some return variable in bash?  What??
Why not use stdout?  Either pipe the data from python directly into a (possibly modified) bash script,
or into a file which gets read by the bash script.
> But this is not happening. The sensor data is a dictionary and I like to have this data for further analysis. I am not getting the data returned from the python script on to the bash variable.

Bash doesn't have dictionaries like python.  Why is bash needed?
> Can someone help me to understand why the code is not working? I tried other approaches of function call such as

You haven't given us enough of the code to really answer. 

> sensor_data=$`python` &
> python tempfile.txt &
> kinexon_data=`cat tempfile.txt` &
> But none of the approaches are working.
> Thank you,
> Venkatachalam Srinivasan

I wonder if you could completely eliminate the bash script - do it all in python.
I've written quite a few bash scripts, but not so many since I started using
python.  Only exception is for low level functions on systems without a functioning

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