Is there a way to log the stdout output from a given Process when using the multiprocessing.Process class in python?


You can set sys.stdout = Logger() where Logger is a class whose write method (immediately, or accumulating until a \n is detected) calls (or any other way you want to log).

I'm not sure what you mean by "a given" process (who's given it, what distinguishes it from all others...?), but if you mean you know what process you want to single out that way at the time you instantiate it, then you could wrap its target function (and that only) -- or the run method you're overriding in a Process subclass -- into a wrapper that performs this sys.stdout "redirection" -- and leave other processes alone.

Maybe if you nail down the specs a bit I can help in more detail...?

Alex Martelli
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The easiest way might be to just override sys.stdout. Slightly modifying an example from the multiprocessing manual:

from multiprocessing import Process
import os
import sys

def info(title):
    print title
    print 'module name:', __name__
    print 'parent process:', os.getppid()
    print 'process id:', os.getpid()

def f(name):
    sys.stdout = open(str(os.getpid()) + ".out", "w")
    info('function f')
    print 'hello', name

if __name__ == '__main__':
    p = Process(target=f, args=('bob',))
    q = Process(target=f, args=('fred',))

And running it:

$ ls
$ python
$ ls
27493.out  27494.out
$ cat 27493.out 
function f
module name: __main__
parent process: 27492
process id: 27493
hello bob
$ cat 27494.out 
function f
module name: __main__
parent process: 27492
process id: 27494
hello fred

Mark Rushakoff