pipes — Interface to shell pipelines
Source code: Lib/pipes.py
pipes module defines a class to abstract the concept of a pipeline — a sequence of converters from one file to another.
pipes module defines the following class:
>>> import pipes >>> t = pipes.Template() >>> t.append('tr a-z A-Z', '--') >>> f = t.open('pipefile', 'w') >>> f.write('hello world') >>> f.close() >>> open('pipefile').read() 'HELLO WORLD'
Template objects following methods:
debug( flag )
If flag is true, turn debugging on. Otherwise, turn debugging off. When debugging is on, commands to be executed are printed, and the shell is given
set -xcommand to be more verbose.
append( cmd, kind )
Append a new action at the end. The cmd variable must be a valid bourne shell command. The kind variable consists of two letters.
The first letter can be either of
'-'(which means the command reads its standard input),
'f'(which means the commands reads a given file on the command line) or
'.'(which means the commands reads no input, and hence must be first.)
Similarly, the second letter can be either of
'-'(which means the command writes to standard output),
'f'(which means the command writes a file on the command line) or
'.'(which means the command does not write anything, and hence must be last.)
prepend( cmd, kind )
Add a new action at the beginning. See
append()for explanations of the arguments.
open( file, mode )
Return a file-like object, open to file, but read from or written to by the pipeline. Note that only one of
'w'may be given.