How can I display the open file descriptors of a process in linux using python script? I tried using

readlink /proc/PID/fd/* 

in python script but I am getting error.

/bin/sh: 2: /fd/*: not found

I think subprocess module will not give error. How will I use it to remove error if possible to display file descriptors?


import os
p=os.popen("pgrep -x vlc")
print("Process ID of VLC : ",q)
process= os.popen("readlink /proc/"+str(q)+"/fd/*")

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  • worth adding the remaining output from the script, e.g. that "Process ID of VLC : " output. – steve Sep 22 '18 at 19:12
  • Process ID will keep changing everytime vlc is opened. So we can assume output as "Process ID of VLC : 12699" – ironman Sep 22 '18 at 19:17
  • Surely popen is for opening a single file. Use of * is bogus ? – steve Sep 22 '18 at 19:49
  • You are right but code is giving error. When I run only the "readlink /proc/12699/fd/*" I am not getting error. – ironman Sep 22 '18 at 19:50

You'll have to strip the trailing newline from q, ex. q = q.strip().

Also, you'll have to think through what happens if there's more than one vlc running.

  • I'm curious to know , how did you find that? I spent lot of time in figuring out this error. But all effort was in vain. – ironman Sep 23 '18 at 4:53

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