Is it possible to change the Environment of a parent process in python?

Is it possible to change the Environment of a parent process in python?

In Linux When I invoke python from the shell it replicates its environment, and starts the python process. Therefore if I do something like the following:

import os os.environ["FOO"] = "A_Value" 

When the python process returns, FOO, assuming it was undefined originally, will still be undefined. Is there a way for the python process (or any child process) to modify the environment of its parent process?

I know you typically solve this problem using something like


But this conflicts with other requirements I have.

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It's not possible, for any child process, to change the environment of the parent process.

The best you can do is to output shell statements to stdout that you then source, or write it to a file that you source in the parent..


I would use the bash eval statement, and have the python script output the shell code.
#!/usr/bin/env python print 'FOO="A_Value"'
#!/bin/bash eval `./` 

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