How to call a Perl script from Python, piping input to it?


I'm hacking some support for DomainKeys and DKIM into an open source email marketing program, which uses a python script to send the actual emails via SMTP. I decided to go the quick and dirty route, and just write a perl script that accepts an email message from STDIN, signs it, then returns it signed.

What I would like to do, is from the python script, pipe the email text that's in a string to the perl script, and store the result in another variable, so I can send the email signed. I'm not exactly a python guru, however, and I can't seem to find a good way to do this. I'm pretty sure I can use something like os.system for this, but piping a variable to the perl script is something that seems to elude me.

In short: How can I pipe a variable from a python script, to a perl script, and store the result in Python?

EDIT: I forgot to include that the system I'm working with only has python v2.3

4/28/2009 3:03:49 PM

Accepted Answer

os.popen() will return a tuple with the stdin and stdout of the subprocess.

4/28/2009 3:00:49 PM

Use subprocess. Here is the Python script:


import subprocess

var = "world"

pipe = subprocess.Popen(["./", var], stdout=subprocess.PIPE)

result =

print result

And here is the Perl script:


use strict;
use warnings;

my $name = shift;

print "Hello $name!\n";

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