I'd like to use Python 2.6 on Windows to launch several separate command windows, each running their own Python script. The purpose is: these are clients, and I'm trying to load up the server with requests from multiple quasi-independent clients.
I don't need to communicate with the client during or after the run, but I do need to send each a different commmandline arg, and I'd like each client's output to scroll in its own "console".
From the DOS command line, the "start" command does what I'd like. I can either:
start perf_test.py 2
start cmd /c perf_test.py 3
start cmd /c python perf_test.py 4
(These will work for you if you have your "file associations" setup correctly for *.py files. There are other threads on that, if you need help. Or, use full paths to the python exe and/or your script.)
My challenge is: How do I get the same effect from Python?
library, I've tried variations like this:
from subprocess import *
p = Popen(["perf_test.py", "4"], shell=True, stdin=PIPE)
But even with
, the output is commingled in the window I'm already running in. Adding
stops that, but then I have to read
. Adding "cmd" to the Popen gets approximately the same:
p = Popen(["cmd", "/c", "perf_test.py", "4"], shell=True, stdin=PIPE)
None of the above achieve the effect I'm looking for, which is: "pop open a new, distinct window for this script, and watch its output scroll by in its own console
" (because I really want to run N of these clients in parallel).
One other thing I turned to almost
This returns immediately, and an actual dosbox pops up. Yay! Success! That is, until I try to add an argument. This fails:
with error "The system cannot find the file specified"... because it is adding "[SPACE]5" to the filename. (The purpose of the argument is that each "perf_test" needs to have an assigned ID, so that they hit the server as different instances.)
Other approaches I've considered, and really don't like for various reasons:
- Run each "perf_test" in its own thread. (But I really want to see the output each in its own console.)
- Make my own pseudo-consoles with Tk. (Figure I'll just hit different threading problems there.)
- Dynamically write a .BAT file on the fly with the lines "start perf_test.py 1", "start perf_test.py 2", etc., then launch that .BAT file with
I expect the last will work... and I guess is my last resort, if I can't get a Python script to do it directly.
Thanks for any input / insights!