I need to make some command line calls to linux and get the return from this, however doing it as below is just returning
retvalue = os.system("ps -p 2993 -o time --no-headers")
What gets returned is the return value of executing this command. What you see in while executing it directly is the output of the command in stdout. That 0 is returned means, there was no error in execution.
Use popen etc for capturing the output .
Some thing along this line:
import subprocess as sub p = sub.Popen(['your command', 'arg1', 'arg2', ...],stdout=sub.PIPE,stderr=sub.PIPE) output, errors = p.communicate() print output
import os p = os.popen('command',"r") while 1: line = p.readline() if not line: break print line
ON SO : Popen and python