Automating FTP file transfers

Limey Drink bhicking at bhicking.plus.com
Wed Nov 12 22:09:20 CET 2003


OK then, case closed, Python it is :-)

Its just nice to have your gut feeling backed up by other peoples
experience.

Thanks for all the help guys.


"Rene Pijlman" <reply.in.the.newsgroup at my.address.is.invalid> wrote in
message news:m435rv429an7b68feg6slv9ihgjmahopam at 4ax.com...
> Limey Drink:
> >Just wondering about the bigger picture with regards to sys admin
scripts,
> >in your opinion, is creating these type of system administration scripts
> >preferable/easier than using say bash scripts, or DOS .bat scripts ?
>
> Yes! You get real data structures, classes, exception handling, powerful
> libraries and such.
>
> For example, you can write system administration scripts in Python that
> use a relational database, parse XML config files, send e-mail,
> up/download with FTP ...
>
> >Just wondering if you think I should be trying to execute the in built OS
> >programs such as FTP etc. calling them from python
>
> No. Why would you want to do that? Only as a last resort.
>
> >or should I be using the libraries that come with Python such as FTPlib
and
> >say if I wanted to send email should I be using the SMTP lib
>
> Yes. Otherwise you'll loose the exception handling, classes, data
> structures etc. :-)
>
> --
> René Pijlman






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