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Backport of subprocess.check_output() from Python 2.7 to Python 2.6
import subprocess
def check_output(*popenargs, **kwargs):
r"""Run command with arguments and return its output as a byte string.
Backported from Python 2.7 as it's implemented as pure python on stdlib.
>>> check_output(['/usr/bin/python', '--version'])
Python 2.6.2
process = subprocess.Popen(stdout=subprocess.PIPE, *popenargs, **kwargs)
output, unused_err = process.communicate()
retcode = process.poll()
if retcode:
cmd = kwargs.get("args")
if cmd is None:
cmd = popenargs[0]
error = subprocess.CalledProcessError(retcode, cmd)
error.output = output
raise error
return output
raise subprocess.CalledProcessError(retcode, cmd, output=output)

CalledProcessError doesn't take kwargs in earlier versions of Python...


@rcoup Thanks for the report. Updated the gist so the output is set the right way.


Good job, thanks!


thank you for this.


thanks! That was helpful


What are the license terms for your backport work? Could it be "under the same terms as Python 2.7" or "PYTHON SOFTWARE FOUNDATION LICENSE VERSION 2"? (ref: said license)


Ping @edufelipe. We'd like to use this in the YCSB project, but without a license we'll reimplemented our own.

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