How to get output from subprocess.Popen(). proc.stdout.readline() blocks, no data prints out


Question

I want output from execute Test_Pipe.py, I tried following code on Linux but it did not work.

Test_Pipe.py

import time
while True :
    print "Someting ..."
    time.sleep(.1)

Caller.py

import subprocess as subp
import time

proc = subp.Popen(["python", "Test_Pipe.py"], stdout=subp.PIPE, stdin=subp.PIPE)

while True :
    data = proc.stdout.readline() #block / wait
    print data
    time.sleep(.1)

The line proc.stdout.readline() was blocked, so no data prints out.

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3/26/2018 3:50:42 PM

You obviously can use subprocess.communicate but I think you are looking for real time input and output.

readline was blocked because the process is probably waiting on your input. You can read character by character to overcome this like the following:

import subprocess
import sys

process = subprocess.Popen(
    cmd, stdout=subprocess.PIPE, stderr=subprocess.PIPE
)

while True:
    out = process.stdout.read(1)
    if out == '' and process.poll() != None:
        break
    if out != '':
        sys.stdout.write(out)
        sys.stdout.flush()
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9/7/2009 11:04:18 AM

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