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Python in System Administration

last modified 2006-02-22 03:49 PM

A series of articles about using Python (in place of the shell) for scripting Linux (or Unix) system adminstration tasks.

In the Linux courses I teach at Netcom I always stress that Python is a superior alternative to the Unix/Linux shell for scripting system administration tasks, from the most basic to the most complex.

Cameron Laird wrote a series of articles on the topic which serve as an excellent introduction:

Part I - Better Scripting

Part II - Step Up from the Shell

Part III - Pexpect Automates Hard-to-Solve Problems

Part IV - Python Makes GUIs

Part V - Python Networking

Part VI - Wrapping up Python

This page contains links to the articles in PDF format.

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