Ortal Turgeman Ortal Turgeman - 3 months ago 21
Python Question

How to send a string with spaces from Python to Bash sub-process as a single value?

I'm trying to send a variable from a python script to a bash script. I'm using

popen
like as shown below:

subprocess.Popen(["bash", "-c", ". mainGui_functions.sh %d %s" % (commandNum.get(), entryVal)])


However,
entryVal
can sometimes contain one or more white space characters. In that case I divide the string into multiple arguments ($2,$3..)

How can i get it in one argument?

Answer

Simple solution #1: You do it the exact same way you'd do it if you were typing the input on the commandline; put it in quotes:

subprocess.Popen(["bash", "-c", ". mainGui_functions.sh {} '{}'".format(commandNum.get(), entryVal)])

Simple solution #2: If mainGui_functions.sh is already executable, then you can just omit the bash part and pas args to it directly. In this case, subprocess takes care of making sure an entry with whitespace winds up as a single arg for you:

subprocess.Popen(["mainGui_functions.sh", str(commandNum.get()), entryVal])
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