I have a simple python script:

$ cat ~/simple.py
import os
import sys

def write_greeting(inpath):
    outpath = os.path.splitext(inpath)[0] + '.txt'
    with open(outpath, 'w') as f:
        f.write('hello world!')
    sys.stdout.write('wrote {}!'.format(outpath))
    return None

if __name__ == '__main__':

For example, running

$ python ~/simple.py ~/path/to/foo.bar

creates a text file ~/path/to/foo.txt reading hello world!. After ~/path/to/foo.txt is created, the message wrote ~/path/to/foo.txt! is printed to stdout.

Now, say I'm editing a file ~/path/to/foo.bar in emacs. I want to run simple.py on the file I'm currently editing from within emacs. After my script is called, I want to insert the contents from stdout where my cursor is.

Is this possible?

Essentially, I'd like to automate the sequence of commands:

C-u M-! python ~/simple.py ~/path/to/current/file/name

with a function M-x my-python-script.


1 Answer 1


Absolutely possible:

(defun my-run-python-script-whatever ()
  (insert (shell-command-to-string (format "python3 %s" buffer-file-name))))

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