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Allow customization of the process title.

Project description

Author: Daniele Varrazzo

The library allows a process to change its title (as displayed by system tools such as ps and top).

The procedure is hardly portable across different systems. A good implementation is provided by PostgreSQL: this module is a wrapper around it.

Installation

You can use easy_install to install the module: to perform a system-wide installation use:

sudo easy_install setproctitle

If you are an unprivileged user or you want to limit installation to a local environment, you can use the command:

easy_install -d /target/path setproctitle

Notice that easy_install requires /target/path to be in your PYTHONPATH.

Module content

The module exports the following functions:

setproctitle(title)
Set title as the title for the current process.
getproctitle()
Return the current process title.

Module status

Albeit the core part of the code has been tested on a wild variety of platforms, the compiling procedure for the Python module has currently been tested on GNU/Linux only.

Other known implementations and discussions

  • procname: a module exposing the same functionality, but less portable and not well packaged.
  • Issue 5672: where the introduction of such functionality into the stdlib is being discussed.

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