Windows equivalent for spawning and killing separate process group in Python 3?

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In Python on Windows, there isn't an exact equivalent of process groups as found in Unix-like systems. However, you can achieve similar functionality using the subprocess module for spawning and managing separate processes. Here's how you can handle spawning and killing processes in a similar manner:

  1. Spawning a Separate Process:
    To spawn a separate process in Python, you can use the subprocess module. You can use the Popen class to create a new process and manage it.

    python
    import subprocess

    process = subprocess.Popen(["your_command_here"], shell=True)
  2. Killing a Process:
    To terminate a process that you've spawned using subprocess, you can use the terminate() method. This will send a termination signal to the process. Keep in mind that this is a best-effort attempt to stop the process.

    python
    process.terminate()

    If you want to ensure that the process is killed forcefully, you can use the kill() method:

    python
    process.kill()

Remember that these methods do not create process groups in the same way that Unix-like systems do. They only manage individual processes.

If you need more advanced process management features or need to work with process groups, consider using external libraries or Windows APIs. Keep in mind that managing processes and their groups on Windows can be quite different from Unix-like systems due to differences in the underlying architecture.