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I have composed an ArcPy script which is run via a windows scheduler.The same script is loaded into a script tool so a user can run the process manually. I've used: get parameters as text, with or's and not's, to hard-wire the standard variables, if they are not speicifed.

ReportFolder = arcpy.GetParameterAsText(0)
if ReportFolder == '#' or not ReportFolder:
    ReportFolder = "C:\\Data\\GIS"

The process runs and during so writes to a text file log, for example:

txtFile.write("=    For ArcGIS 10.3.1: Date: "+str(timed)),txtFile.write ('\n')

I'd like to record what method was used to execute the script; was it via the windows scheduler, or by the script tool, or by a python client like PyScripter.

Is anyone aware of some form of os environment thingy that can be called by ArcPy?

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    I think Stack Overflow may be a better place to look for help on Python's os module. You would not need to call it from ArcPy, just to use it in a script that was also using the arcpy module. – PolyGeo Feb 3 '16 at 2:44
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I suggest use parameter passing to the script while you call this script using task scheduler and grab this parameter using sys module- as below

try:
    data = "=    For ArcGIS 10.3.1: Date: "+str(timed)+ sys.argv[1]+'\n'  #grab parameters passed
except:
    data = "=    For ArcGIS 10.3.1: Date: "+str(timed)+ "Arcgis tool used"+'\n'  # else arcgis tool used to run

And passing parameters to script in task scheduler is easy just add space and pass string ( like "test") as below-

demo

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Along a different line of thinking:

import os
ComputerName =os.getenv('COMPUTERNAME')
txtFile.write("=    Run By: "+str(ComputerName)),txtFile.write ('\n')

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