Platforms: IRIX, Linux
The pty module defines operations for handling the pseudo-terminal concept: starting another process and being able to write to and read from its controlling terminal programmatically.
Because pseudo-terminal handling is highly platform dependant, there is code to do it only for SGI and Linux. (The Linux code is supposed to work on other platforms, but hasn’t been tested yet.)
The pty module defines the following functions:
Spawn a process, and connect its controlling terminal with the current process’s standard io. This is often used to baffle programs which insist on reading from the controlling terminal.
The functions master_read and stdin_read should be functions which read from a file descriptor. The defaults try to read 1024 bytes each time they are called.