Capture subprocess output<>
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communicate() blocks until the child process returns, so the rest of the lines in your loop will only get executed after the child process has finished running. Reading from stderr will block too, unless you read character by character like so:
import subprocess import sys child = subprocess.Popen(command, shell=True, stderr=subprocess.PIPE) while True: out = child.stderr.read(1) if out == '' and child.poll() != None: break if out != '': sys.stdout.write(out) sys.stdout.flush()
This will provide you with real-time output. Taken from Nadia's answer here.
.communicate() "Read data from stdout and stderr, until end-of-file is reached. Wait for process to terminate."
Instead, you should be able to just read from child.stderr like an ordinary file.