Nohup is not writing log to output file


I am using the following command to run a python script in the background:

nohup ./ > cmd.log &

But it appears that nohup is not writing anything to the log file. cmd.log is created but is always empty. In the python script, I am using sys.stdout.write instead of print to print to standard output. Am I doing anything wrong?

Asked By: user1642513



It looks like you need to flush stdout periodically (e.g. sys.stdout.flush()). In my testing Python doesn’t automatically do this even with print until the program exits.

Answered By: wulong

You can run Python with the -u flag to avoid output buffering:

nohup python -u ./ > cmd.log &
Answered By: vz0
nohup ./ > cmd.log &


nohup python -u ./ > cmd.log &

Answered By: Ryu_hayabusa
  • Using -u with nohup worked for me. Using -u will force the stdout, stderr streams to be unbuffered. It will not affect stdin. Everything will be saved in “nohup.out ” file. Like this-

    nohup python -u &

    You can also save it into your directory. This way-

    nohup python -u > your_directory/nohup.out &
  • Also, you can use PYTHONUNBUFFERED. If you set it to a non-empty string it will work same as the -u option. For using this run below commands before running python code.




P.S.- I will suggest using tools like cron-job to run things in the background and scheduled execution.

Answered By: Nurul Akter Towhid

Python 3.3 and above has a flush argument to print and this is the only method that worked for me.

print("number to train = " + str(num_train), flush=True)
print("Using {} evaluation batches".format(num_evals), flush=True)
Answered By: Ganesh Krishnan

I had a similar issue, but not connected with a Python process. I was running a script which did a nohup and the script ran periodically via cron.

I was able to resolve the problem by:

  1. redirecting the stdin , stdout and stderr
  2. ensuring the the script being invoked via nohup didn’t run anything else in the background

PS: my scripts were written in ksh running on RHEL

Answered By: Pradeep Anchan

I run my scripts in the following way and I have no problem at all:

nohup python &> my_script.out &

comparing with your syntax looks like you are only missing a "&" symbol after your input…

Answered By: teff ros
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