Newbie: Output From External App / Demon Mode w/ CL-Input

Julian Schäfer-Jasinski julschae at
Mon May 28 08:36:45 EDT 2001

This one should be a rather basic topic. But I didn' t get it to work...

I am trying to write a script that verifies whether the machine is online
or not. Therefore I am trying to analyse the output of "ifconfig":


But how can I analyse the output. I tried redirecting the stream:


(Probably a rather dumb approach?! - since it doesn' t work!).
How can this be done?

The other thing is - I want this script to run as demon. I didn' t
find anything about implementing demons in python. Therefore I thought
of something like:

while 1:
  if done_enough:

But since there should also be a simple command-line interface for
manual termination / stats - do I have to use threads? (because
the script is waiting for an input?)

I tried to find some scripts using a similar technique - but wasn' t
very successful. Any ideas & comments are welcome...

Thanx for your input,


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