Is it possible to communicate with a sub subprocess with subprocess.Popen?

I'm trying to write a python script that packages our software. This script needs to build our product, and package it. Currently we have other scripts that do each piece individually which include csh, and perl scripts. One such script is run like:

sudo mod args

where mod is a perl script; so in python I would do

proc = Popen(['sudo', 'mod', '-p', '-c', 'noresource', '-u', 'dtt', '-Q'], stderr=PIPE, stdout=PIPE, stdin=PIPE)

The problem is that this mod script needs a few questions answered. For this I thought that the traditional

(stdout, stderr) = proc.communicate(input='y')

would work. I don't think it's working because the process that Popen is controlling is sudo, not the mod script that is asking the question. Is there any way to communicate with the mod script and still run it through sudo?

Asked by: Vanessa964 | Posted: 28-01-2022

Answer 1

I would choose to go with Pexpect.

import pexpect
child = pexpect.spawn ('sudo mod -p -c noresource -u dtt -Q')
child.expect ('First question:')
child.sendline ('Y')
child.expect ('Second question:')
child.sendline ('Yup')

Answered by: Daniel199 | Posted: 01-03-2022

Answer 2

I think you should remove the sudo in your Popen call and require the user of your script to type sudo.

This additionally makes more explicit the need for elevated privileges in your script, instead of hiding it inside Popen.

Answered by: Joyce540 | Posted: 01-03-2022

Answer 3

The simplest thing to do would be the run the controlling script (the Python script) via sudo. Are you able to do that, or is that not an option?

Answered by: Dominik561 | Posted: 01-03-2022

Answer 4

We need more information.

  1. Is sudo asking you for a password?
  2. What kind of interface does the mod script have for asking questions?

Because these kind of things are not handled as normal over the pipe.

A solution for both of these might be Pexpect, which is rather expert at handling funny scripts that ask for passwords, and various other input issues.

Answered by: John509 | Posted: 01-03-2022

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