On 9/4/07, Mark McLoughlin <markmc@redhat.com> wrote:

    (status, output) = commands.getstatusoutput("/sbin/dumpe2fs -h /dev/root")

Not directly related to your discussion, but personally I am fairly fanatical about never involving /bin/sh in - well, anything if I can avoid it =)  Here it will be fine, but then maybe someone comes along later and wants to add a user-passed parameter to the command, and then you need to quote (if it's even remembered, and if it's not then you have weird failures and in other software security problems).

The "subprocess" module is the fix:

output = subprocess.Popen(['/sbin/dumpe2fs', '-h', '/dev/root'], stdout=subprocess.PIPE).communicate()[0]