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Can a Python script detect it is running in

Is it possible for a Python script to check if it is running within

Answered by Vandesm14 [earned 5 cycles]
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I'm afraid that this is not possible. is running a Linux VM which does not provide any info on if it's a normal Linux machine, or a server.


@Vandesm14 Thank you for your reply. Would it not be possible to set an environment variable in the VM, that would suggest that this is a server?

I asked this question in the context of a specific issue I am having: Essentially, this is an example of a program that would need to differentiate its behaviour depending on whether or not it is running in


@boukeas You can set .env variables manually and pull from that, but it's far from automatic.


@boukeas if @Vandesm14 answered your question make sure to mark t as correct


@Vandesm14 What I am saying is it would be possible for a program to detect if it's running in if a specific environment variable was automatically set by in the Linux VM.


@Vandesm14 it is, check if REPL_ID env exists


It seems that sets some environment variables:


I also notice that they embed a DB URL environment variable as well:


The documentation seems to reference some of these variables directly and encourages their use. See here:


detect if directory /home/runner exists, it isn't likely for it to exist on some other device, but it does on For it to exist on another device would mean that device is linux/unix based with the username of a user as "runner". Example: