Asked By – Chris Lieb
I am trying to write a wrapper script for a command line program (svnadmin verify) that will display a nice progress indicator for the operation. This requires me to be able to see each line of output from the wrapped program as soon as it is output.
I figured that I’d just execute the program using
stdout=PIPE, then read each line as it came in and act on it accordingly. However, when I ran the following code, the output appeared to be buffered somewhere, causing it to appear in two chunks, lines 1 through 332, then 333 through 439 (the last line of output)
from subprocess import Popen, PIPE, STDOUT p = Popen('svnadmin verify /var/svn/repos/config', stdout = PIPE, stderr = STDOUT, shell = True) for line in p.stdout: print line.replace('\n', '')
After looking at the documentation on subprocess a little, I discovered the
bufsize parameter to
Popen, so I tried setting bufsize to 1 (buffer each line) and 0 (no buffer), but neither value seemed to change the way the lines were being delivered.
At this point I was starting to grasp for straws, so I wrote the following output loop:
while True: try: print p.stdout.next().replace('\n', '') except StopIteration: break
but got the same result.
Is it possible to get ‘realtime’ program output of a program executed using subprocess? Is there some other option in Python that is forward-compatible (not
Now we will see solution for issue: Getting realtime output using subprocess
I tried this, and for some reason while the code
for line in p.stdout: ...
buffers aggressively, the variant
while True: line = p.stdout.readline() if not line: break ...
does not. Apparently this is a known bug: http://bugs.python.org/issue3907 (The issue is now “Closed” as of Aug 29, 2018)