Can't run binary from within python aws lambda function

I am trying to run this tool within a lambda function:

The tool depends on Pillow which depends on imaging libraries not available in the AWS lambda container. To try and get round this I've ran pyinstaller to create a binary that I can hopefully execute. This file is named map_reader and sits at the top level of the lambda zip package.

Below is the code I am using to try and run the tool:

command = 'chmod 755 map_reader'
args = shlex.split(command)
print subprocess.Popen(args)

command = './map_reader -g "{}" -t "{}"'.format('/tmp/mapFiles', '/tmp/tiles')
args = shlex.split(command)
print subprocess.Popen(args)

And here is the error, which occurs on the second subprocess.Popen call:

<subprocess.Popen object at 0x7f08fa100d10>
[Errno 13] Permission denied: OSError

How can I run this correctly?

Answers 1

  • You may have been misled into what the issue actually is.

    I don't think that the first Popen ran successfully. I think that it just dumped a message in standard error and you're not seeing it. It's probably saying that

    chmod: map_reader: No such file or directory

    I suggest you can try either of these 2:

    1. Extract the map_reader from the package into /tmp. Then reference it with /tmp/map_reader.
    2. Do it as recommended by Tim Wagner, General Manager of AWS Lambda who said the following in the article Running Arbitrary Executables in AWS Lambda:

    Including your own executables is easy; just package them in the ZIP file you upload, and then reference them (including the relative path within the ZIP file you created) when you call them from Node.js or from other processes that you’ve previously started. Ensure that you include the following at the start of your function code:

    process.env[‘PATH’] = process.env[‘PATH’] + ‘:’ + process.env[‘LAMBDA_TASK_ROOT’]

    The above code is for Node JS but for Python, it's like the following

    import os os.environ['PATH']

    That should make the command command = './map_reader <arguments> work.

    If they still don't work, you may also consider running chmod 755 map_reader before creating the package and uploading it (as suggested in this other question).

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