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How to communicate with a running external process with given PID?

From: Thorsten Jolitz
Subject: How to communicate with a running external process with given PID?
Date: Sat, 20 Jul 2013 11:06:55 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.130002 (Ma Gnus v0.2) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Hi List, 

say I want to call another program (more exactly, another Lisp program
that is not Emacs Lisp) from an Emacs Lisp program. 

My special requirement is that I don't want to start a new Emacs
subprocess, but want to communicate with an existing (running) process.
And there maybe several running instances of this program at the same
time, so I want to communicate with one existing (running) process with
a given PID.

Now there is splendid support in Emacs for communicating with other
programs, but always based on the assumption that Emacs starts and
controls a new subprocess. 

There is chapter 37.12 "Accessing Other Processes" in the Elisp manual,
and I can do successfully 

| (process-attributes PID)

to receive a lot of information about the process I want to communicate

But what then? Where are the (e.g.) `process-send-string' or
`process-send-region' functions for external processes I could use to
communicate with my external program?

I could run a server in the external lisp program and use a
network-connection-object to send http-requests (e.g. with the help of
emacs-request.el) via TCP - but that seems to be total overkill for my

I just want to use a running external process with a given PID in a
similar way I would use (a)synchronous processes created from Emacs with
`call-process' or `start-process'. How can I do that?

Maybe there is an obvious answer to this question that I don't see.
Would be nice. 


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