Python provides a lot of method to read output from a just executed shell. However many of them has been deprecated(Not recommened). But subprocess works at present compared to other methods.
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from subprocess import Popen,PIPE,STDOUT def readFromCommand(command) : p = Popen(command, shell=True, stdin=PIPE, stdout=PIPE, stderr=STDOUT, close_fds=True) result = p.stdout.read().strip() return result print readFromCommand('ls') #result #0001-.patch #0001-.patch.zip #0001-Replace-app_name-into-Browser.patch
A detailed description about subprocess has been written down here. http://docs.python.org/2/library/subprocess.html