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Ulrich Eckhardt 01-21-2013 10:21 AM

Re: need explanation
Am 21.01.2013 17:06, schrieb
> please I need some explanation on sys.stdin and sys.stdout, and piping out


Steven D'Aprano 01-21-2013 11:42 AM

Re: need explanation
On Mon, 21 Jan 2013 10:06:41 -0600, kwakukwatiah wrote:

> please I need some explanation on sys.stdin and sys.stdout, and piping
> out

"stdin" and "stdout" (and also stderr) are three special, standard,
system files used by console programs that read and write text. That's
nearly all of them.

"stdin" is short for "standard input". Likewise for "standard output" and
"standard error".

When you give the Python command:

print "Hello World"

the string "Hello World" is written to stdout, which then displays it in
the console.

"stderr" is similar, except that it is used for error messages. And stdin
is used for input, rather than output.

So, in Python, I can do this:

py> import sys
py> sys.stdout.write("Hello world\n")
Hello world

But of course normally you would just use print.

Using sys.stdout, sys.stdin and sys.stderr in Python is usually
considered moderately advanced. Beginners do not usually need to care
about them.

These three special files do *not* live on the disk. There is no disk
file called "stdout" unless you create one yourself, and if you do, it
won't be special, it will just be an ordinary file with the name "stdout".

These standard files are used in Unix and Linux, and less so in Windows,
for console applications. For example, under Linux I might write this

[steve@ando ~]$ touch foo
[steve@ando ~]$ ls foo

The output of the `ls` command is written to stdout, which displays it on
the console. But I can *redirect* that output to a real file on disk:

[steve@ando ~]$ ls foo > /tmp/a
[steve@ando ~]$ cat /tmp/a

Errors don't go to stdout, they go to stderr:

[steve@ando ~]$ ls bar > /tmp/a
ls: bar: No such file or directory

Because there is no file called "bar", the `ls` command writes an error
message to stderr. Even though I am redirecting stdout, I am not touching
stderr, so it prints to the console.

Of course there is a way to redirect stderr as well:

[steve@ando ~]$ ls bar 2> /tmp/a
[steve@ando ~]$ cat /tmp/a
ls: bar: No such file or directory

Similarly, you can redirect stdin, or you can use a pipe | to turn the
output of one command into the input of another command. This is mostly
useful when using something like in Windows, not so common in

Steven 01-21-2013 04:06 PM

need explanation
please I need some explanation on sys.stdin and sys.stdout, and piping out

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