Provides the 'spawn()' function, a front-end to various platform-
specific functions for launching another program in a sub-process.
Also provides the 'find_executable()' to search the path for a given
- find_executable(executable, path=None)
- Try to find 'executable' in the directories listed in 'path' (a
string listing directories separated by 'os.pathsep'; defaults to
os.environ['PATH']). Returns the complete filename or None if not
- spawn(cmd, search_path=1, verbose=0, dry_run=0)
- Run another program, specified as a command list 'cmd', in a new
process. 'cmd' is just the argument list for the new process, ie.
cmd is the program to run and cmd[1:] are the rest of its arguments.
There is no way to run a program with a name different from that of its
If 'search_path' is true (the default), the system's executable
search path will be used to find the program; otherwise, cmd
must be the exact path to the executable. If 'dry_run' is true,
the command will not actually be run.
Raise DistutilsExecError if running the program fails in any way; just
return on success.
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