Python OSError: [Errno 2]


I have the following code that is attempting to start each of the "commands" below in Linux. The module attempts to keep each of the 2 commands running if either should crash for whatever reason.

#!/usr/bin/env python
import subprocess

commands = [ ["screen -dmS RealmD top"], ["screen -DmS RealmD top -d 5"] ]
programs = [ subprocess.Popen(c) for c in commands ]
while True:
    for i in range(len(programs)):
        if programs[i].returncode is None:
            continue # still running
            # restart this one
            programs[i]= subprocess.Popen(commands[i])

Upon executing the code the following exception is thrown:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "./", line 82, in <module>
    programs = [ subprocess.Popen(c) for c in commands ]
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/", line 595, in __init__
    errread, errwrite)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/", line 1092, in _execute_child
    raise child_exception
OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory

I think I'm missing something obvious, can anyone see what's wrong with the code above?

Best Solution

Use ["screen", "-dmS", "RealmD", "top"] instead of ["screen -dmS RealmD top"].

Maybe also use the complete path to screen.