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What's wrong on using Popen's communicate method?


On 03Jul2019 16:57, Jach Fong <jfong at ms4.hinet.net> wrote:
>I have the test0.py below. I expect to see 'abcd' showing in the notepad window:
>---------
>import subprocess as sp
>p0 = sp.Popen('notepad.exe', stdin=sp.PIPE)
>p0.communicate(input=b'abcd')
>---------
>But nothing happens. The notepad is completely empty. What have I missed?
>--Jach
>
>PS. I am using python 3.4 on Windows Vista

Well I am not a Windows person, but in most GUI environments a desktop 
app such as Notepad does not read from its standard input - it reads 
keyboard stuff though the GUI interface instead. So it is ignoring your 
input data - this approach will generally fail with any desktop app on 
any platform.

You may need to investigate generating synthetic keystrokes somehow.

Or alternatively write your data to a text file and hand the name of the 
text file to notepad as a file to edit.

Cheers,
Cameron Simpson <cs at cskk.id.au>