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Author izbyshev
Recipients gregory.p.smith, izbyshev, pitrou, vstinner
Date 2017-12-10.17:14:06
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$ cat
import os
import subprocess
import sys

fd = os.dup(sys.stdout.fileno())[sys.executable, '-c',
                 'import sys;'
                 'print("Hello stdout");'
                 'print("Hello fd", file=open(int(sys.argv[1]), "w"))',

$ python3
Hello stdout
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<string>", line 1, in <module>
OSError: [Errno 9] Bad file descriptor

I see two issues here:

1. The fact that file descriptors specified for redirection are closed (even with close_fds=False) unless in range [0, 2] is not documented and not tested. If I change the corresponding code in _posixsubprocess.c to close them only if they are ends of pipes created by subprocess itself, all tests still pass. Also, shells behave differently: e.g., in command 'echo 3>&1' fd 3 is duplicated but not closed in the child, so subprocess behavior may be not what people expect.

2. pass_fds interaction with (1) should be fixed and documented. We may either raise ValueError if pass_fds contains a redirected fd or don't close such a redirected fd.

Please provide your thoughts.
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