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I've been searching and trying things for a few days now, but I feel like I'm spinning my wheels. I've got a Python script that reads in a .pptx file, and returns a Dictionary of slides. I've also tried returning different things from the Python script, even as simple as a Hello World string.

For simplicity's sake, I just have this code in my onAfterInstall() method:

$output = shell_exec("import_ppt.py 'original.pptx' ");
    var_dump($output);
var_dump($output);

For the filepath, I've also tried ".realpath(dirname(__FILE__))."/ as well, to no avail. I always get a NULL return and a PHP warning about not being able to modify headers.

Then, in my Python file, I have:

if __name__ == '__main__':
import sys
buildSlideshow(sys.argv[1])

buildSlideshow takes one argument, which is the filepath of the powerpoint file, and eventually returns the dictionary of slides and slide content.

I know that the error isn't in my Python code, as if I run it in shell I don't have any problems with it and get the result I want. So, my overall question is this:

Is what I'm trying to do a pipe dream, or am I just missing something major? I can't find any docs about CraftxPython, simply searching the word "Python" on this very site brought up no results, and when I tried looking up how to incorporate Python into a Craft 2 plugin, all I got was information on how to create a plugin for Python.

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I think you're going to have a bad time if you attempt to do this. Probably a better way would be to use PHPPresentation to read in the .pptx files.

Integration is certainly possible between server-side languages, but you're going to have to jump through a good deal of hoops that you could more easily just avoid by writing your plugin in PHP.

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  • I'll add that one of the several hoops you'd have to jump through is the fact that PHP doesn't have any idea what a Python Dictionary data structure is. So in your current strategy, you'd have to capture an output buffer of data, then parse/eval it to turn it into a PHP associative array. You'd save yourself a lot of headaches just by writing that logic in PHP to begin with. – Brad Bell Jul 27 '18 at 5:40
  • Boo, the answer I was expecting but not the one I was hoping for. Thanks for the info and the library! – ZombieShellback Jul 27 '18 at 22:07

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