Automatically filling in answers to interactive shell command questions
Erik Max Francis
max at alcyone.com
Tue Jul 22 02:08:16 CEST 2003
Ted Weatherly wrote:
> Is it possible to use python to automatically fill in the answers to
> interactive shell command questions? For example, I am using a shell
> command addperson that behaves as follows:
> > addperson
> First Name: Ted
> Birthday: 12/08/1977
> Height: 6'0"
> Location: San Francisco, CA
> I am prompted for "First Name: " and I enter "Ted". I am prompted for
> "Birthday: " and I enter "12/08/1977". Imagine doing this for 100
> people or more...it gets tiresome.
> Assuming I can't change the addperson command to read data from a
> file, is there any way to use python to fill in the data for the
> expected questions? Perhaps a different language would be better?
expect was designed for this. If the addperson program doesn't require
an interactive shell, you can get away with it with something as simple
San Francisco, CA
Or by putting these one per line in a file,
addperson < people.data
One certainly _could_ use Python for this, but in this case there are
probably better (and much simpler) tools for the job.
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