[Pythonmac-SIG] system, popen, tarfile on OS X

Bill MacKenzie bmackenzie at avpress.com
Mon Mar 7 18:47:37 CET 2005

On Mar 5, 2005, at 2:50 PM, Bob Ippolito wrote:

> On Mar 4, 2005, at 6:17 PM, Bill MacKenzie wrote:
>> I'm preparing a script which will launch an external program (a JAR), 
>>  process the XML file that results, tar the files output from the 
>> processed XML, and FTP the tarball to a remote location.
>> The middle and the end are just fine, but running the external 
>> program and tarring the results have me hung up.
>> I see system, popen and tarfile  available in the modules list, but 
>> not on the Mac version.
>> I need to be able to give the external (JAR) command line arguments 
>> based on the system clock.
>> I could adapt a Perl script that currently does this task, but where 
>> would be the fun in that?
>> I'm running OS X.3.7 and Python 2.3.
> Python 2.3 on OS X definitely has everything that you say it doesn't.  
> What is this "modules list" you're referring to?
> -bob
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The module list is the Python Global Module Index at 

Apparently, just sending the question caused a few lightbulbs to go off 
in my head.

I've been  launching Python scripts from the GUI by double clicking. 
That was pointed at the Python Interpreter in Applications/Python 2.2 
NOT PythonLauncher (2.3).

Once I straightened that out, I can now tar and (I assume) launch 
scripts. I'll run some more tests today and should be out of the woods 
by sunset.

Thanks for being there, Bob.


Bill MacKenzie
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bill.mackenzie at avpress.com

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